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ERIC Number: EJ917438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Pilot-Testing CATCH Early Childhood: A Preschool-Based Healthy Nutrition and Physical Activity Program
Sharma, Shreela; Chuang, Ru-Jye; Hedberg, Ann Marie
American Journal of Health Education, v42 n1 p12-23 Jan-Feb 2011
Background: The literature on theoretically-based programs targeting healthy nutrition and physical activity in preschools is scarce. Purpose: To pilot test CATCH Early Childhood (CEC), a preschool-based nutrition and physical activity program among children ages three to five in Head Start. Methods: The study was conducted in two Head Start centers (N=75 children, their parents; 9 teachers). CEC was implemented by trained teachers over six weeks in fall 2008. Qualitative data on feasibility and acceptability was collected using post intervention parent and teacher focus groups and lesson plan evaluation forms. Pre-to-post intervention changes in children's fruit and vegetable intake and physical activity at school were evaluated. Results: Results showed good feasibility and acceptability for the classroom curriculum, activity box and parent tip-sheets. There was a trend towards an increase in children's fruit, 100% fruit juice and vegetable intake and mean minutes of physical activity at school pre-to-post intervention. However, this increase was not significant. Discussion: The CEC program showed good feasibility and acceptability in the study population. Further evaluation of behavioral outcomes using a larger sample and a prospective design is needed. Translation to Health Education Practice: These results provide information important for developing and implementing evidence-based programs in preschools. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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