ERIC Number: EJ1042301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Increasing Fruit, Vegetable and Water Consumption in Summer Day Camps-3-Year Findings of the Healthy Lunchbox Challenge
Beets, Michael W.; Tilley, Falon; Weaver, Robert G.; Turner-McGrievy, Gabrielle M.; Moore, Justin B.
Health Education Research, v29 n5 p812-821 Oct 2014
The objective of this study was to describe the 3-year outcomes (2011-2013) from the healthy lunchbox challenge (HLC) delivered in the US-based summer day camps (SDC) (8-10 hours day-1, 10-11 weeks summer-1, SDC) to increase children and staff bringing fruit, vegetables and water (FVW) each day. A single group pre- with multiple post-test design was used in four large-scale SDCs serving more than 550 children day-1 (6-12 years). The percentage of foods/beverages brought by children/staff, staff promotion of healthy eating and children's consumption of FVW was assessed via direct observation over 98 days across three summers. For children (3308 observations), fruit and vegetables (>11-16%) increased; no changes were observed for FVW for staff (398 observations). Reductions in unhealthy foods/beverages (e.g. soda/pop and chips) were observed for both children and staff (minus -10% to 38%). Staff role modeling unhealthy eating/drinking initially decreased but increased by 2013. The majority of children who brought fruit/vegetables consumed them. The HLC can influence the foods/beverages brought to SDCs. Enhancements are required to further increase FVW brought and consumed.
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Health Behavior, Behavior Change, Summer Programs, Health Promotion, Pretests Posttests, Food, Nutrition, Staff Role, Observation, Outcomes of Education, Children
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (DHHS/NIH)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: R21HL106020