Master of Science
Mary Catherine Schallert
In this study, the effect of a multicomponent nutrition education program on dietary behaviors in elementary school-aged children was analyzed. Components involved were cooking, gardening, and general nutrition. Research questions were: 'Does nutrition education over a one-week program increase consumption of fruits and vegetables?', and 'Does nutrition education over a one-week program increase acceptance of novel foods?'. The hypothesis was: nutrition education administered in a one-week program will increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, as well as increase willingness to try new foods. Data collection used repeated measures of two surveys: the Fruit-Vegetable-Fiber Screener and Food Neophobia Scale. Ten participants were enrolled, two were lost to follow up. A Paired T-test and Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test found one question on each survey achieved statistical significance (p < 0.05); each question was directly related to Camp CHEF curricula. In conclusion, nutrition education in a summer camp setting has the potential to improve children's diets.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hirst, Danny Alan, "Effect of Nutrition Education on Dietary Behaviors in Elementary School-aged Children" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1849.