Date of Award:

1977

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences

Department name when degree awarded

Nutrition and Food Science

Advisor/Chair:

Dr. R. Gaurth Hansen

Abstract

A behavioral objective based nutrition education program for kindergarten through sixth grade which allowed nutrition education to be integrated into existing classroom programs was developed and evaluated. A nutrient density approach served as the conceptual framework for the program. Nutrient density evaluates the nutrient content of a food in relationship to the caloric content. Materials for student use, teacher use and teacher training were developed.

The program was evaluated in 27 classrooms in nine public elementary schools in Utah and Idaho with 806 student participants. Pre-and post tests as well as classroom evaluations were conducted. Students, teachers and parents indicated that positive cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral effects resulted from the program.

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