Target Behavior: Healthy Eating
Intervention Type: Direct Education, PSE Change
Intervention Reach and Adoption
Setting: Child care (Learn)
Target Audience: Preschool (<5 years), Elementary School, Adults
Race/Ethnicity: No special focus.
Each training includes:
- Lesson Plans with objectives, facilitated discussion, activities, and supply lists. Teaching materials, which include instructions on how to prepare teaching tools for the trainings, recipes, items to copy for training activities, evaluations, and certificates of attendance
- Participant handouts to reinforce information being taught
An unexpected challenge of the intervention was that providers were reluctant to commit to all six weeks of training. To account for this, the number of culinary nutrition education trainings was reduced to four, and providers became able sign up for just one training at a time. An unintended outcome was that experienced child care providers were surprised with how much they learned about cooking and kitchen management skills, even after years of experience.
Evidence-based Approach: Emerging
|Readiness and Capacity – Short Term (ST)||Changes – Medium Term (MT)||Effectiveness and Maintenance – Long Term (LT)||Population Results (R)|
|Sectors of Influence|
ST1: Healthy Eating
- ST1c: Most (11/12) providers felt confident using beans and other low-cost proteins in their menus for children as result of trainings (pre/post).
- ST1m: Most (11/12) provider felt confident using cooking techniques to reduce salt as result of trainings (pre/post).
MT1: Healthy Eating
- More than half of providers (7/12) served healthier foods as result of trainings (pre/post).
MT5: Nutrition Supports
- MT5d: 175 food environments with expanded access or improved appeal for healthy eating as a result of the Start Strong interventions