ERIC Number: EJ924818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
How to Help Parents Pack Better Preschool Sack Lunches: Advice from Parents for Educators
Sweitzer, Sara J.; Briley, Margaret E.; Roberts-Gray, Cindy; Hoelscher, Deanna M.; Staskel, Deanna M.; Almansour, Fawaz D.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v43 n3 p194-198 May-Jun 2011
Objectives: This exploratory study obtained parent suggestions about messages and activities to guide parents to pack healthful sack lunches for preschool-aged children. Methods: A facilitator conducted group interviews using a modified nominal group technique with a convenience sample of parents who pack daily lunches for their children. Interviews took place after hours at child care centers in group settings. Investigators reviewed written statements for common themes then calculated frequencies of references to identified themes. Results: In total, 31 parents participated in 3 group interviews held at 3 centers. Interest in receiving written information and in activities stimulating parent interaction were dominant themes in 29% of the comments. Workshops and activity stations were suggested in 20% of the comments. Finally, recommendations for support from local supermarkets were present in 10% of the comments. Conclusions and Implications: Parents provided helpful suggestions that can guide nutrition educators to implement effective program messages and strategies.
Descriptors: Parents, Child Care Centers, Nutrition, Child Health, Food, Dietetics, Preschool Children, Interviews, Workshops, Learning Activities, Parent Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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