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ERIC Number: EJ1079494
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: EISSN-1559-5676
Reading across My Pyramid, a Nutrition and Health Education Curriculum, Increases the Health Behavior Knowledge of Lower Elementary Students
Heneman, Karrie; Junge, Sharon K.; Zidenberg-­Cherr, Sheri
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v32 n1 Spr 2008
Objectives: The purpose of this investigation was to complete a formal evaluation of Reading Across My Pyramid (RAMP), a literacy promoting nutrition and health education curriculum. Methods: To meet this need, a short survey, the "Child Survey," based on topics covered in RAMP lessons was developed and tested for clarity in a group of children attending a school eligible to receive the California Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program (FSNEP) (N = 20). Following testing, revisions were made accordingly and the Child Survey was used in Northern, Central, and Southern California Schools (N = 62) to evaluate RAMP. A "Parent Survey" was also used to determine correlations between the responses of children and their parents. Results: Data showed RAMP to be effective at increasing the importance of exercise in the minds of children (p = 0.001), knowledge that the heart pumps blood through the body (p < 0.001), and knowledge that computer use and television watching are not exercise (p = 0.024). Correlations were also observed between a child's knowledge of healthy foods and parent reported soda consumption (p = 0.01), and between child's knowledge that computer use and television watching are not exercise and parent reported hours of television watching by their child (p = 0.03). Application to Child Nutrition Professionals: The results of this investigation show that RAMP is effective at increasing the health behavior knowledge of lower elementary students. Currently, this curriculum is widely used throughout California by both the FSNEP and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). In a time when the rates of childhood overweight have reached epidemic proportions, these findings suggest that RAMP can be an effective tool for nutrition professionals to use to increase health behavior knowledge in an effort to reduce rates of childhood obesity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Food and Nutrition Service (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California