Life-style intervention among low SES preschoolers: A randomized controlled trial

Vered Kaufman-Shriqui, Drora Fraser, Michael Friger, Diklah Geva, Hillel Vardi, Natalya Bilenko, Kathleen Abu-Saad, Naama Elhadad, Karen Mor, Zvi Feine, Danit Shahar

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BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the impact of the "Nutrition Enrichment and Healthy Living Model" (NEHLM by the JDC) on diet quality, nutrition knowledge, eating behaviors and dental health in low socioeconomic status (LSES) kindergarten children. METHODS: A randomized controlled trial conducted in a single town, where 258 preschoolers (aged 4-7y) and their mothers were randomly assigned either to the intervention group (n=184; nutrition, physical activity and dental hygiene classes for both children and parents), or to the control group (n=74; physical activity classes only). All interventions were performed by professional personnel. Family data were obtained by parental interviews and children's pre- and post- data were obtained by games and observations. Statistical analysis included use of t or 2 tests, and Generalized Estimating Equations models. RESULTS: Of the 258 children enrolled 238 children (94.8%) had complete baseline data and 220 completed the intervention period (87.6%). Children in the intervention group improved their nutritional knowledge by 38.9% from baseline (p
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication140st APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition 2012
StatePublished - 30 Oct 2012


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