ERIC Number: ED042487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Nov-30
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A Nutritional Survey of Children in Head Start Centers in Central United States.
Cross, Marie Z.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of a questionnaire in evaluating the nutritional status of Head Start children in rural, small city, and urban areas in central United States. The questionnaire, which was primarily concerned with the food preferences of the children, was filled out by the mother of each of the 154 children in the study. Nutritional data was also obtained from analysis of one week's menus from each of the Head Start centers involved in the study. The only quantitative data obtained from the questionnaires was the amount of milk consumed by each child. Answers were so nutritionally favorable that it is suspected that the mothers may have given answers they felt they should give, rather than actual milk amounts. The foods reported as being preferred by the children are valuable sources of nutrients. The Head Start food programs, as reported in the menus, were nutritionally adequate for the one meal served. There were no significant differences in food preferences of the children in the three different areas studied nor in the types of food served in the Centers in these areas. The questionnaires proved to be of questionable value because of the paucity of data they generated concerning quantities of food, but the data was helpful in determining food preferences. (MH)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Head Start Evaluation and Research Center.