The main objective of the study reported here was to assess the attitudes, practices, and needs of Virginia EFNEP and FSNE educators toward addressing childhood overweight. Written questionnaires were administered to 40 educators. Nearly 80% considered childhood overweight a "growing problem"; however, only 12 indicated they had taught classes on childhood overweight and nearly one-third were considered in pre-contemplation or contemplation (based on Stages of Change). The biggest perceived barrier was lack of resources and information, followed by lack of interest of class participants. The findings demonstrate the need for curricula and a stage-based training on childhood overweight for Extension.
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Serrano, E., & Cox, R. (2005). Attitudes and Practices of Virginia EFNEP and FSNE Educators Toward Teaching About Childhood Overweight. The Journal of Extension, 43(6), Article 17. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol43/iss6/17