Changes In Food Choices Of Rural Preadolescent And Adolescent Children Following A Theory-Based After-School Nutrition Intervention

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Melissa Gutschall, Associate Professor and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This study implemented and evaluated a 12-week, theory-based nutrition intervention, incorporating hands-on activities, healthy snack preparation, and goal setting among rural children (ages 8-15, n = 44). Paired samples t tests measured participant changes in outcomes from pretest to posttest, including anthropometric measures, self-efficacy, and nutrition knowledge and behaviors. Significant decreases in servings per week of sweetened beverages (22.3 ± 9.7 to 16.8 ± 7.8, P < .001), sweet snacks (11.3 ± 8.1 to 7.5 ± 4.4, P = .03) and salty snacks (6.5 ± 4.2 to 3.7 ± 2.5, P = .001) were reported. More changes to diet may occur in situations where children are able to choose their own food.

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Gutschall, Melissa PhD, RD; Settle, Jennie MS, RD. (2013). Changes in Food Choices of Rural Preadolescent and Adolescent Children Following a Theory-Based After-School Nutrition Intervention. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, October/December 2013. Vol. 28, no. 4 -- p 356-363. doi:10.1097/01.TIN.0000437412.51317.1a. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2013
adolescents, behavioral intervention, food choices, nutrition education, rural

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