Objectives: We investigated the impact on body weight status and food-related behaviors following participation in the Cooking Up Energy® (CUE) Program.
Methods: Children 7-11 years old attended 10 cooking/nutrition education sessions. Baseline and post-program
weight, height and waist circumference measurements, frequency of participation in meal preparation and food frequency questionnaires were obtained. Data were analyzed for the entire group as well as a subgroup of overweight and obese participants.
Results: Participants (N =
51) were predominately Latino (76%) and overweight (52%). Significant reduction in mean body mass index (BMI) percentile was found in the subgroup of overweight and obese participants (N = 27; p < .05). However, reduction in mean BMI z-score was non-significant. Reports of program enjoyment
(98%) and an increased desire to cook more frequently at home (83%) were found; however, no significant increase in participation in meal preparation at home was found following program completion.
Conclusion: The CUE program was well received by most participants, and there
is indication that program participation has the potential to have a positive influence on body weight. However, more research is needed to explore ways to promote an increase in participation in food preparation at home by children.
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Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, Long Island University, Brookville, NY;, Email: [email protected]
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Long Island University, Brookville, NY
Publication date: September 1, 2016
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