Which type of educator, who delivers nutrition education, is most effective in changing children’s dietary intake-related behaviors?
There is insufficient evidence to determine whether certain types of educators who deliver nutrition education are more effective in changing children’s dietary intake-related behaviors.
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1. Conduct research to determine whether type of educator (e.g., trained teachers, trained parents, nutritionists, paraprofessionals) affects nutrition education outcomes, what characteristics associated with these different types may be attributable to their efficacy. Research should consider nutrition education delivered directly to children, as well as to parents and/or other nutritional gatekeepers. 2. Develop research to assess different kinds of approaches to delivering nutrition education and the level of change that may be expected in terms of dietary intake behaviors. 3. Additional research is needed with a more diverse population and with varying types of curriculums. Rationale: There is a lack of research comparing different kinds of nutrition educators, precluding the possibility of recommending one set of educator characteristics that will have a beneficial effect upon changing children’s dietary intake. It is important to determine whether a particular set of characteristics of the educator and the way in which he/she teaches influences behavior change in children, which could eventually translate into changes in anthropometric measurements and other health outcomes.
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