2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Nutritional Preferences of Children Influenced by Levels of Involvement in Food Preparation
Katie L. Stark* and Lisa M. Dworak
Dr. Joseph Visker, Faculty Mentor

This study was designed to discover the potential effect a childs level of food participation has on her/his willingness to eat healthily. Food participation and willingness to eat healthily was assessed using a self-report instrument, completed by parents of a local elementary school (n = 52).The researchers hypothesized this survey will show an increase of willingness to consume a healthy diet and a liking for healthy foods among the children that have frequent interactions with the preparation and growing of their food. Results showed no statistical significance between the childs involvement in food preparation and her/his willingness to eat healthily. Nonetheless, the majority of parents with children in food-participation activities agreed that the activity has increased the childs understanding of healthy eating. Implications for future research and professional practice will be discussed.

Keywords: Health, Nutrition, Food Interaction, Food Knowledge, Child's Health, Health Education

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 600-3
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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