An evaluation of the use of theater in nutrition education for low-income African-American children
Jackson, Caree Joli
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In recent years, childhood overweight has become a major public health concern in the United States. Poor dietary patterns and lack of physical activity are major contributors to the problem of overweight. Because overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults, many diet related diseases follow overweight children into adulthood. Data reveal African-American children are at a higher risk for overweight than their Caucasian counterparts. Thus, early intervention is critically needed in this population to reduce rising rates of childhood overweight. One potential way of successfully communicating nutrition messages in school- based settings is via theater productions. To date, limited research has been conducted in the use of theater to communicate nutrition messages to children, especially, low- income African-American children. This study seeks to determine if a culturally appropriate theater production is an effective way of conveying messages about healthy eating and physical activity to low-income African-American children in school-based settings.