A pilot study of a telephone-based parental intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5 year old children

Wyse, Rebecca, Wolfenden, Luke, Campbell, Elizabeth, Campbell, Karen, Brennan, Leah, Fletcher, Amanda, Bowman, Jenny, Heard, Todd and Wiggers, John 2011, A pilot study of a telephone-based parental intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5 year old children, Public health nutrition, vol. 14, no. 12, pp. 2245-2253.

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Title A pilot study of a telephone-based parental intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5 year old children
Alternative title Short communication : A pilot study of a telephone-based parental intervention to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in 3-5 year old children
Author(s) Wyse, Rebecca
Wolfenden, Luke
Campbell, Elizabeth
Campbell, Karen
Brennan, Leah
Fletcher, Amanda
Bowman, Jenny
Heard, Todd
Wiggers, John
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 14
Issue number 12
Start page 2245
End page 2253
Total pages 9
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1368-9800
1475-2727
Keyword(s) fruit
vegetables
pre-school
children
telephone
parent
Summary Objective : To examine the potential efficacy of a brief telephone-based parental intervention in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in children aged 3–5 years and to examine the feasibility of intervention delivery and acceptability to parents.

Design :
A pre–post study design with no comparison group. Telephone surveys were conducted approximately 1 week before and following intervention delivery.
Setting Participants were recruited through pre-schools in the Hunter region, New South Wales, Australia.

Subjects :
Thirty-four parents of 3–5-year-olds received four 30-min interventional telephone calls over 4 weeks administered by trained telephone interviewers. The scripted support calls focused on fruit and vegetable availability and accessibility within the home, parental role modelling of fruit and vegetable consumption and on implementing supportive family eating routines.

Results :
Following the intervention, the frequency and variety of fruit and vegetable consumption increased (P = 0·027), as measured by a subscale of the children's dietary questionnaire. The intervention was feasible to be delivered to parents, as all participants who started the intervention completed all four calls, and all aspects of the interventional calls, including the number, length, content, format and relevance, were considered acceptable by more than 90 % of parents.

Conclusions :
A brief telephone-based parental intervention to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption in pre-school-aged children may be effective, feasible and acceptable. Further investigation is warranted in a randomised controlled trial.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, The Authors
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