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Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Ranjit Nalini, Sweitzer Sara J., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Briley Margaret E., Hoelscher Deanna M., 2017
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Background: U.S. preschool children consume inadequate amounts of key nutrients. Understanding the contents of lunches packed by parents and consumed by their children can help identify areas of opportunity for the development of healthy food…
Roberts-Gray Cindy, Briley Margaret E., Ranjit Nalini, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Sweitzer Sara J., Sharma Shreela, Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Hoelscher Deanna M., 08 January, 2016
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Background: Lunches that parents pack for their young children to eat at school or the Early Care and Education (ECE) center fall short of recommended standards. Lunch is in the Bag is a multi-level behavioral nutrition intervention to increase…

Sweitzer Sara J., Ranjit Nalini, Calloway Eric E., Hoelscher Deanna M., Almansour Fawaz D., Briley Margaret E., Roberts-Gray Cindy, January, 2016
Reports & Papers
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Data from a five-week intervention to increase parents' packing of vegetables and whole grains in their preschool children's sack lunches showed that, although changes occurred, habit strength was weak. To determine the effects of adding a one-week…
Sharma Shreela, Rashid Tasnuva, Ranjit Nalini, Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Chuang Ru-Jye, Roberts-Gray Cindy, Briley Margaret E., Sweitzer Sara J., Hoelscher Deanna M., December, 2015
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Objective. To evaluate the effectiveness of the parent- and early care education (ECE) center-based Lunch is in the Bag program on communication between parent, child, and their ECE center providers around fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods (…
Romo-Palafox Maria Jose, Ranjit Nalini, Sweitzer Sara J., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Hoelscher Deanna M., Byrd-Williams Courtney E., Briley Margaret E., November, 2015
Reports & Papers
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Background Eating habits are developed during the preschool years and track into adulthood, but few studies have quantified dietary quality of meals packed by parents for preschool children enrolled in early care and education centers. Objective Our…
Sweitzer Sara J., Briley Margaret E., Roberts-Gray Cindy, Hoelscher Deanna M., Harrist Ronald B., Staskel Deanna M., Almansour Fawaz D., July 2010
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A study of the effect of participation in Lunch Is In The Bag, a five week parent and teacher intervention, on the number of servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in children?s lunches, based on data from 132 parent-child dyads in 6 child…
Padget Alison, Briley Margaret E., 2005
Reports & Papers
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A study comparing the food intake of 3-5 year olds in child care centers with food pyramid guidelines for young children