alexa Improvement In Bagged Lunches Following An Intervention In The Preschool Setting: A Randomized Controlled Trial
ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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JOINT EVENT 10th International Conference on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition & 2nd International Conference on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
June 12-13, 2017 Rome, Italy

Vered Kaufman-Shriqui, Drora Fraser, Yelena Novack, Natalya Bilenko, Hillel Vardi, Zvi Feine and Danit R Shahar
Ariel University, Israel
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Ministry of Health, Israel
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Israel
ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Obes Weight Loss Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904-C1-045
More than a third of preschool children's nutritional intake is consumed during school hours. However, few studies have assessed the quality of bagged lunches sent from home to feed children during the day. A cluster-randomized controlled-trial examining the effect of a preschool-based comprehensive intervention on nutrition behaviors among low socioeconomic status (LSES) preschoolaged children was performed. During a full school year, LSES preschoolers (mean age 63 m, 48% boys) and their mothers were recruited from preschools in a large town in Israel and cluster-randomized to an intervention group (seven preschools, 184 children) or to a control group (four preschools, 74 children). The intervention children received in school, nutrition education and physical activity (PA) classes; intervention parents and teachers received healthy nutrition classes. The control group received PA classes for children only. Family data were obtained by parental interviews. Food and nutrition knowledge testing and observations and anthropometric measurements were conducted at baseline, at intervention termination and at the end of the school year. Differences between groups were analyzed while controlling for clustering. Of the 258 children enrolled, 220 (87.6%) completed the six-month program. Improvement in the quality score of bagged lunches was shown in the intervention group (p<.0001). Intervention group increased fruit and vegetable consumption and habitual water drinking (p=0.02), and decreased sweet-drinks consumption (p=0.05). In this study, the bagged lunches prepared at home and sent with the children to their preschools reflected marked changes in parental feeding behaviors. The six-month follow-up showed that this improvement was sustained.

Vered Kaufman-Shriqui is a registered Dietitian and an Epidemiologist. She completed her MSc in Nutrition at Hebrew University, and her PhD in Epidemiology at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. She is a faculty member in Department of Nutritional Sciences at Ariel University. She has conducted several intervention trials aimed to reduce childhood obesity, and examined the association of social determinants with maternal chronic conditions. During her research, she focused in “Developing culturally adopted methods to collect nutritional information”. Her current research focuses on “The effect of social capital and food policies on body weight and food choices”.

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