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The Impact of a School-based Culinary Curriculum on Family Meal Frequency

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Objective: Family meals have been suggested as one potential protective factor for children to help them from developing poor eating behavior and obesity. A school-based culinary curriculum can be beneficial for promoting family meals and educate youth about their positive dietary benefit. Methods: In this study, we investigated the effect of a school-based culinary curriculum on family meal frequency. School-aged children (N = 41) and their parents completed a survey on family meals. We also collected children's height and weight. The intervention group consisted of students who had a nutrition culinary curriculum, and the control group did not. Results: There was no statistically significant difference between the control and intervention groups in family meal frequency as reported by both children and parents or in the children's weight status. However, there was a statistically significant difference in children's food choices scores between the 2 groups. Conclusions: These results suggest that a school-based culinary curriculum influenced children's food choices positively and nutrition educators need to be sure that the curriculum utilized has more information about the benefits of family meals and includes family members.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2020

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