Educational or Curriculum
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Initiative Description: Multi-faceted, school-based health intervention to educate children about healthy nutrition, promote physical activity, and use avatars as an educational and motivational tool for understanding and developing healthy bodies. The initiative consisted of a 10-week nutrition education program that incorporated: (a) classroom nutrition education to improve nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors; (b) classroom physical activity to increase fitness and energy expenditure; and (c) a unique technology-based component using avatars to improve motivation, body image, and self-esteem. Nutrition education was provided by using a modified version of the CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) curriculum.

Study Results: Improved nutrition knowledge and attitudes.

Reference: Zaremba, M. A., Ulrich, P., Simmons, K. P., Gropper, S. S., Connell, L. J., Daniels, M. K., … & Keiley, M. K. (2014). Effectiveness of a multi-faceted, school-based health intervention program with 4th graders in Alabama. Children and Youth Services Review, 37, 46–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.12.006.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good