Date of Award

8-1-2012

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Food and Nutrition

First Advisor

Smith, Sylvia

Abstract

Good nutrition is crucial. School-aged children battle social issues such as poor nutrition, childhood obesity, and minimal nutrition knowledge. This study was a quasi-experimental design analyzing the effects of CATCH curriculum with a Farm-to-School program to assess nutrition knowledge of third grade students, and to increase fruit and vegetable consumption behavior. Third grade boys and girls (n=65) participated in this study. The intervention consisted of two nutrition education classes and a farm tour. Data were collected at baseline and post intervention. Surveys assessed nutrition knowledge and fruit and vegetable consumption behavior. Data were analyzed with independent sample t-tests. Significant differences were found concerning knowledge of fiber and farm exposure (p<0.001). Knowledge of vitamins and minerals and reported vegetable consumption behavior at home and school were also significant (p<0.05). These findings suggest that CATCH nutrition education and farm tours can positively affect school-aged children's nutrition knowledge and consumption behavior.

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