Developing, Implementing and Evaluating a Nutrition Intervention for Adolescents at Wright Brothers Middle School.
Kathleen Curran, Madalynn Eads, Caroline Grannan, Jessica Moore, Julia Muccio, Addy Nichols, Dana Roscoe, Abby Sibley, Haley Stewart, Taylor Stewart, Hannah Waters
In the US, overall dietary habits of adolescents promote obesity and chronic disease. For example, data from national sources indicated that less than 10% of adolescents consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day with the majority exceeding the recommendations for saturated fat, sugar and calories. In the adolescent population, various individual, social, environmental and political factors influence dietary behavior. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to examine factors contributing to dietary behavior in a small cohort of adolescents attending an after-school program at Wright Brothers Middle School, a Dayton Public School. Guided by the Social-Ecological Model, University of Dayton students enrolled in Community Nutrition, completed a community needs assessment to identify dietary-related issues and contributing factors in middle school students. The information gained from the needs assessment was used to inform the development and implementation of a culturally-appropriate intervention to address identified nutrition issues in the target adolescent population. The intervention was implemented during the after-school program at Wright Brothers Middle School. Using various data collection instruments and methods, the intervention process and impact was evaluated. In the future, the evaluation will be used to revise the intervention, if needed. The intervention protocol and materials will be provided to the coordinators and teachers of the after-school program for future use.
Diana Cuy Castellanos
Primary Advisor's Department
Health and Sport Science
Stander Symposium project, School of Education and Health Sciences
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Good Health and Well-Being
"Developing, Implementing and Evaluating a Nutrition Intervention for Adolescents at Wright Brothers Middle School." (2020). Stander Symposium Projects. 1872.