A resource designed to improve school-age children’s knowledge and behaviors related to vegetables as presented in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and MyPlate.
- Pilot Tested
An impact study was conducted in Fall 2008 and Fall 2009. Pre- and post-testing was conducted in intervention and control classrooms. Analysis revealed significant (p<.001) student improvement in vegetable-related attitude, self-efficacy, preference and knowledge, for students in the intervention classrooms versus the control classrooms. The pre- and post-survey tool has been tested for face validity and test-retest reliability.
This resource consists of a four-session curriculum about vegetables targeting 4th grade children. Detailed instructions are provided for both preparing for and conducting each class session. Lessons cover topics such as which foods are considered vegetables, how to measure different kinds of vegetables, the vegetable subgroups, and the importance of eating a variety of vegetables for health.
The curriculum includes interactive activities such as food tasting, worksheets, and recipes. Other materials (food, posters, photocopies, food model cards, other supplies) must be obtained in addition to the Educator Orientation Guide to conduct lessons. The food model cards are $40 plus shipping and handling.