Date of Award

12-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Food Technology

Advisor

Kay Cooksey, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Paul L. Dawson

Committee Member

E. Jeffrey Rhodehamel

Committee Member

K. Dale Layfield

Abstract

There is a need to educate children as young as 3-5 years old about nutrition. It is at this age when children start to develop their preferences for certain foods. The purpose of this research study was to; explore the perceptions, preferences, and dietary intake of the main food groups in preschool children, explore the availability, choices, and preparation of the main food groups by the care providers, design and present a nutrition education program to the children and their care providers. The average consumption of fruits during breakfast and lunch prior to the program was 51.6 %, 59.3 % respectively, after the program 74.6%, 74.9% respectively and after the wait period 77.6%, 88.2% respectively. The average consumption of grains during breakfast, lunch and snack time prior to the program was 59.2 %, 85.8%, 51.8 % respectively and after the program 79%, 71.4%, 93% respectively and after the wait period 71.1%, 85.3%, 96.4% respectively. The average consumption of milk during breakfast, lunch and snack time prior to the program was 76.3 %, 78.9 %, 89.1 % respectively and after the program 98.2%, 81.6%, 91.2% respectively and after the wait period 92.2%, 80.4%, 92.9% respectively. The average consumption of proteins during lunch prior to the program was 54.1 %, after the program 60.9% and after the wait period 65.3%. The average consumption of vegetables during lunch prior to the program was 27.7 %, after the program 63.7% and after the wait period 66.2%. The results described above suggest that there was an effect from the program and that the program was successful in delivering the nutrition education that encouraged this increased consumption.

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Nutrition Commons

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