Body Quest: Food of the Warrior is a childhood obesity prevention initiative that combines Extension curriculum with iPad app technology. It uses anime characters to engage youth in a quest for healthy habits. The Leader's Guide includes six lessons with supplemental resources. Seven iPad apps were written to complement lesson content, and while not required, will enhance the journey for students. Apps are available for free through iTunes.
Developer states: "Data has been collected and showed significant increases in fruit and vegetable consumption among youth participating in BQ as compared to a control group." An evaluation tool is not publicly available at this time.
Struempler, B., Parmer, S.M., & Funderburk, K.M. (2016). Use of blended learning to improve nutrition knowledge in third graders. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48, 510-512.
Parmer, S.M., Struempler, B., Griffin, J.B., & Funderburk, K.M. (2015). Impact of Body Quest: Food of the Warrior on key indicators for childhood obesity prevention. Austin Journal of Pediatrics, 2(1), 1019.
Struempler BJ, Parmer SM, Mastropietro LM, Arsiwalla D, Bubb RR. (2014). Changes in fruit and vegetable consumption of third-grade students in Body Quest: Food of the Warrior, a 17-class childhood obesity prevention programs. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4), 286-292.
The Body Quest: Food of the Warier includes a nutrition education curriculum that is designed to be delivered over a series of 6 lessons that consist of a core lesson and optional supplemental activities. Each Body Quest lesson incorporates national health education standards through cross-curricular activities in math, science, social studies, and the arts. A Leader's Guide provides complete information on all of the materials, an introduction to the Experiential Learning Model, instructions for each of the 6 core lessons and supplemental activities, as well as considerations for diversity in lifestyle and family life among participants.
Materials emphasizing sleep hygiene and healthy sleep habits fall outside of the scope of SNAP-Ed and were not reviewed for accuracy as part of this review. Developers state that guidance in these materials is based on recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation.