Beverage policy compliance among early care and education providers in Georgia and determining the best elearning format for a beverage policy training.
Bradley, Haley Alysse
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As a large majority of young children spend a significant time in the Early Care and Education (ECE) setting, ECE is recognized as an important environment for childhood obesity prevention efforts. Beverages impact children’s health by containing added calories. This mixed method study used quantitative and qualitative approaches to determine 1) the quality of beverages served by ECE providers in GA; and 2) the eLearning format preferred by ECE providers for an effective beverage policy training. Statewide survey results indicated a majority of ECE providers in GA have never had a beverage policy training. Thematic analysis of focus groups and interviews conducted with ECE program directors and teachers determined an interactive video is the preferred eLearning format for eLearning training. Findings from this study can be used to develop an effective training for ECE providers to improve the beverages served to young children.