Nutrition education and technology
Koff, Lauren Elyse
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Obesity, especially in children, is a major problem in the United States. This study aimed to test technology use in effecting change in nutrition behaviors in preschoolers and their families. Using the theory of diffusion of innovation and a child as change agent model, the researchers designed a five week curriculum appropriate for preschool children. One class recorded daily webcam videos about their activities, while the control condition relied on traditional communication. Children and parents in both groups completed pre- and post-surveys to determine the effect of the intervention on knowledge, preference and behavior. While the data yielded largely insignificant results, increase in fruit consumption in parents’ of the children in the experimental condition was significant. This study suggests that media is useful in reaching parents of young children. However, revision of the instruments and streamlining the use of technology would be an important step prior to repeating this intervention.