Using a Taste-test Intervention to Promote Vegetable Consumption
Objective: Using a taste-test competition in an elementary school lunchroom, researchers sought to increase consumption of select vegetables. Methods: Overall, 1030 students in a large urban school district participated in the study. The percentage of students who consumed the target vegetable was measured and compared between the experimental and control schools using a logistic regression framework. Results: There was a significant increase for all 3 vegetables in schools that conducted the taste-test competition. An odds ratio demonstrated that after the second follow-up, students were 2 to 7.2 times more likely to consume the vegetables. Conclusion: Using a taste-test competition may be a feasible and sustainable approach to engage students in their food selection.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: American University, Department of Health Studies, Washington, DC, USA
Publication date: January 1, 2017
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