Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Implement a 2-day nutrition education workshop on topics such as: (1) the causes and implications of childhood obesity, (2) importance of healthy eating and regular PA, and (3) the use of nonfood awards. The training involved hands-on experiential learning and activities concerning healthy eating, sources of excess unhealthy energy, and age-appropriate portion sizes. Teachers were also trained on how to implement classroom PA breaks and classroom walking activities implemented throughout the intervention.

Study Results: Reduced number of teachers who thought fast food should be offered as lunch and that it was acceptable to sell unhealthy foods as part of school fundraising.

Reference: Arcan, C., Hannan, P. J., Himes, J. H., Fulkerson, J. A., Rock, B. H., Smyth, M., & Story, M. (2013). Intervention effects on kindergarten and first-grade teachers’ classroom food
practices and food-related beliefs in American Indian reservation schools. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 113(8), 1076–1083

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good