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An Overview of Research Opportunities to Increase the Impact of Nutrition Intervention Research in Early Childhood and Education Care Settings According to the RE-AIM Framework

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Hunter New England Population Health, Wallsend, NSW 2287, Australia
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School of Health Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
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Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA
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Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5042, Australia
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Early Start, School of Health and Society, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3217, Australia
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Prevention Research Collaboration, Charles Perkins Centre, Sydney School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
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Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, CA 27516, USA
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Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, CA 27514, USA
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2745; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052745
Received: 15 December 2020 / Revised: 18 February 2021 / Accepted: 24 February 2021 / Published: 8 March 2021
Objective: To highlight opportunities for future nutrition intervention research within early childhood and education care (ECEC) settings, with a focus on generating evidence that has applicability to real-world policy and practice. Methods: An overview of opportunities to progress the field was developed by the authors using a collaborative writing approach and informed by recent research in the field. The group developed a list of recommendations aligned with the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance (RE-AIM) framework. Pairs of authors drafted individual sections of the manuscript, which were then reviewed by a separate pair. The first and senior author consolidated all sections of the manuscript and sought critical input on the draft iterations of the manuscript. Results: Interventions that employ digital platforms (reach) in ECEC settings, as well as research in the family day care setting (effectiveness) were identified as areas of opportunities. Research understanding the determinants of and effective strategies for dissemination (adoption), the implementation of nutrition programs, in addition to de-implementation (implementation) of inappropriate nutrition practices, is warranted. For maintenance, there is a need to better understand sustainability and the sustainment of interventions, in addition to undertaking policy-relevant research. Conclusions: The ECEC setting is prime for innovative and practical nutrition intervention research. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; family day care; intervention; implementation science; ECEC; child day care centres; RE-AIM; public health nutrition; family day care; intervention; implementation science; ECEC; child day care centres; RE-AIM; public health
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Yoong, S.L.; Jones, J.; Pearson, N.; Swindle, T.; Barnes, C.; Delaney, T.; Lum, M.; Golley, R.; Matwiejczyk, L.; Kelly, B.; Kerr, E.; Love, P.; Esdaile, E.; Ward, D.; Grady, A. An Overview of Research Opportunities to Increase the Impact of Nutrition Intervention Research in Early Childhood and Education Care Settings According to the RE-AIM Framework. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2745. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052745

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Yoong SL, Jones J, Pearson N, Swindle T, Barnes C, Delaney T, Lum M, Golley R, Matwiejczyk L, Kelly B, Kerr E, Love P, Esdaile E, Ward D, Grady A. An Overview of Research Opportunities to Increase the Impact of Nutrition Intervention Research in Early Childhood and Education Care Settings According to the RE-AIM Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2745. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052745

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Yoong, Sze L., Jannah Jones, Nicole Pearson, Taren Swindle, Courtney Barnes, Tessa Delaney, Melanie Lum, Rebecca Golley, Louisa Matwiejczyk, Bridget Kelly, Erin Kerr, Penelope Love, Emma Esdaile, Dianne Ward, and Alice Grady. 2021. "An Overview of Research Opportunities to Increase the Impact of Nutrition Intervention Research in Early Childhood and Education Care Settings According to the RE-AIM Framework" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2745. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052745

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