Promoting Better Family Meals for Girls Attending Summer Programs

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The purpose of this program was to promote better family meals at home for girls attending a summer program by improving the girls’ food preparation skills and their abilities to be family change agents for more healthful family mealtimes. A family meal promotion program was implemented with positive outcomes for more than 100 girls attending 5 summer day care programs in groups ranging in size from 10 to 35, ages 6 to 12. Two young women were trained as role models to lead discussions and activities, informed by social cognitive theory. The outcomes of this program demonstrate the feasibility of implementing this hands-on, enjoyable intervention program with girls in a summer program. Further, the results of this program indicated an impact among participants on family mealtime. Similar to the work of Johnson and colleagues, the authors were able to increase the frequency of meals that parents reported eating together with their children at home, and parents reported eating fruit at breakfast more frequently after the program. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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Rosenkranz, R. R., & Dzewaltowski, D. A. (2009). Promoting Better Family Meals for Girls Attending Summer Programs. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41(1), 65–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2008.02.003

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