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We designed a program for four Head Start classrooms that aimed to: 1) Provide classrooms a tool that would facilitate communication with families about nutrition, 2) Educate families about the MyMeal tool, and 3) Increase fruit and vegetable consumption by providing families with fresh fruits and vegetables Fruit and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet, and sufficient consumption helps reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Eating behaviors during childhood are highly parentally influenced and function as the foundation for future eating patterns. Studies have shown that the extent to which fruits and vegetables are present and accessible in the home correlates with the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten by children.
Andrea Green, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Jennifer Fink, MA, Champlain Valley Head Start
Missy Kuncz, Champlain Valley Head Start
Champlain Valley Head Start
Food Safety, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Maternal, Infant, and Child Health, Early and Middle Childhood, Educational and Community-Based Programs
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Breen, Meghan; Cipri, Leah; Larson, Troy; Leonard, Laura; Liu, Andy; Manning, Will; Wang, Kai Ping; Santos, Isobel; Fink, Jennifer; Kuncz, Missy; and Green, Andrea, "Evaluating Communication Tools and Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in Vermont Head Start Classrooms" (2015). Public Health Projects, 2008-present. 211.