Teaching kids about how to take care of themselves, their families and their planet through mindful eating based on the Grow Teach Feed model.
Study the effects of nutrition education on nutrition knowledge, eating behavior, intention and body mass indexes (BMI).*
The study was conducted among 919 kids (children ages 6–11 and adolescents ages 12–14) from 3 schools during 2006–2007 who participated in a monthly 40-minute nutrition education session based on TEAM nutrition materials developed by the USDA. Data collected included previously validated behavior questionnaires and BMI* measurements.
- Nutritional knowledge improved by 11.5% in children and 14.3% in adolescents.
- Eating behavior improved by 16.3% in children and 55% in adolescents.
- Intention/self-efficacy (belief in success in making healthy choices) improved by 13.7% in children and 6% in adolescents.
Discussions and Implications
Fact: 25% of children and 72% of adolescents with an above-normal BMI* decreased their BMI just after 1 year of the program.
Funding Sources For the Evaluation
Little Owl Foundation (a donor advised fund of The Chicago Community Trust), Lumpkin Family Foundation, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC), New Frontiers Foundation and individual contributions.
* BMI = body mass index. A measurement of body weight and height. Normal body mass index: 18.5 – 24.9