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A qualitative investigation of teachers' information, motivation, and behavioral skills for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in preschoolers

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Objective: Using the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model as a framework, researchers qualitatively assessed preschool teachers' perceived motivation, facilitators, and barriers related to getting preschool children to eat fruits and vegetables (FV). Methods: Individual, semi-structured interviews with 28 Head Start teachers in central North Carolina. Results: Participants reported the need for FV-related information (Information) to improve FV consumption in children, perceived themselves to be parents at school (Motivation), and reported using conditional rewards and punishment statements to get preschoolers to eat FV (Behavioral Skills). Conclusions and Implications: Nutrition educators may use the Information-Motivation-Behavioral Skills model to develop education materials targeting increases in preschoolers' FV consumption. To motivate preschool teachers who see themselves as parents at school (Motivation), nutrition educators can provide teachers with FV-related information that was reported as their needs (Information), and supportive feeding practices (Behavioral Skills) to get preschoolers to consume FV. (author abstract)
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Reports & Papers
Country:
United States
State(s):
North Carolina

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