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Nutrients 2017, 9(9), 1031; doi:10.3390/nu9091031

Implementing a Health and Wellbeing Programme for Children in Early Childhood: A Preliminary Study

School of Nursing, Eastern Institute of Technology, Taradale, Napier 4112, New Zealand
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Received: 30 June 2017 / Revised: 7 August 2017 / Accepted: 13 September 2017 / Published: 18 September 2017
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Abstract

In New Zealand, there is a high prevalence of childhood poverty and food insecurity, which can impact a family’s ability to provide high quality, nutrient dense foods for their children. In an attempt to increase the quality of the food consumed by children attending a decile two (low socio-economic) kindergarten and to address food insecurity issues, an educational health and wellness initiative, in conjunction with a free lunch programme, was introduced. The impact of the lunches and the effectiveness of the programme were evaluated. Baseline and end-intervention 24-h modified dietary recall questionnaire data and a vegetable- and fruit-specific food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) were collected. A follow-up FFQ was administered six months after the end of the intervention. The nutrient composition of the foods recorded in the 24-h recall questionnaires were analysed using FoodWorks8™. Whilst no significant differences were observed with the intakes of individual nutrients, there was a significant decrease in the consumption of ultra-processed snack foods (p = 0.015). The results of the follow-up FFQ, including the comments collected from the parents, suggested that the intervention had a longer-term positive impact on not only the children involved in the study but also on their whānau (wider family members) View Full-Text
Keywords: education programme; fruit and vegetable consumption; ultra-processed foods; kindergarten education programme; fruit and vegetable consumption; ultra-processed foods; kindergarten
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Munday, K.; Wilson, M. Implementing a Health and Wellbeing Programme for Children in Early Childhood: A Preliminary Study. Nutrients 2017, 9, 1031.

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