"it's Good, It's Delicious, It's Great": Cognitions, Barriers, and Supports for Fruit and Vegetable Intake of Parents and School-Aged Children

Elena Santiago, Kaitlyn M. Eck, Colleen Delaney, Oluremi A. Famodu, Melissa D. Olfert, Karla P. Shelnutt, Carol Byrd-Bredbenner

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Abstract

Fruit and vegetable (F/V)-related cognitions of parents (n = 36) and children (aged 6-11 years; n = 41) were investigated via focus groups. Participants regarded F/Vs as important for health. Parents identified busy schedules, picky eating, and cost as F/V intake barriers. To overcome barriers, parents suggested scheduling time for F/V preparation and using time-saving forms of F/Vs and involving children in F/V selection/preparation. Kids identified disliking F/Vs as a barrier, recommending parents stock a variety of F/Vs and encourage kids to eat them. Considering F/V cognitions during intervention development may improve intervention effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-113
Number of pages14
JournalTopics in Clinical Nutrition
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • children
  • focus groups
  • fruit
  • parents
  • social cognitive theory
  • vegetable

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