Childhood obesity, poor nutrition and limited physical activity are major health concerns. Unfortunately, poor health is more often found in limited resource and minority children audiences, who have limited access to educational opportunities.
The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) is a federally funded program, which operates in all 50 states and 6 U.S. territories. Over the last 40 years has made a difference in the lives of their participants: low-income families with youth and low-income youth, toward the promotion of healthy lifestyles and obesity prevention. Just in South Carolina reaches more than 9000 low-income youth and children each year from school settings, after-school programs and summer camps.
Integrate teamwork, research experience, and creativity to enhance the evaluation method of Youth EFNEP.
Abstract: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is designed to assist limited resource audiences on their knowledge and behavior related to diet and nutritional well-being. In order to enhance the current evaluation methods, six universities from across the country have joined efforts to develop and test impact evaluation tools for their youth audience. Creative Inquiry students were actively involved in one of the most important stages of this project. Cognitive interviews identify potential problems that might lead to survey response error, and further better these tools off the audience responses. Students conducted these interviews with a sample of ethnically diverse children from South Carolina (n=15). Data collection results will be analyzed using Nvivo. Collaboration between creative inquiry undergraduate students, graduate students and an advisory panel was fundamental to successfully achieve this step of the EFNEP evaluation tool development process.
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