Feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to promote healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula

Morris, Heather, Skouteris, Helen, Edwards, Susan, Rutherford, Leonie, Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy, O'Connor, Amanda, Mantilla, Ana, Huang, Terry TK, Lording, Kate Marion and Williams-Smith, Janet 2016, Feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to promote healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula, Early child development and care, vol. 186, no. 11, pp. 1752-1764, doi: 10.1080/03004430.2015.1131158.

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Title Feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to promote healthy eating, active play and sustainability awareness in early childhood curricula
Author(s) Morris, Heather
Skouteris, Helen
Edwards, Susan
Rutherford, LeonieORCID iD for Rutherford, Leonie orcid.org/0000-0003-3940-3379
Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy
O'Connor, Amanda
Mantilla, Ana
Huang, Terry TK
Lording, Kate Marion
Williams-Smith, Janet
Journal name Early child development and care
Volume number 186
Issue number 11
Start page 1752
End page 1764
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0300-4430
1476-8275
Summary We sought to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a preschool/kindergarten curriculum intervention designed to increase 4-year-old children's knowledge of healthy eating, active play and the sustainability consequences of their food and toy choices. Ninety intervention and 65 control parent/child dyads were recruited. We assessed the study feasibility by examining recruitment and participation, completion of data collection, realization of the intervention and early childhood educators’ experiences of implementing the study protocol; our findings suggest the intervention was feasible to deliver. In addition, children's sustainability awareness of non-compostable and recyclable items increased. Children in the intervention group significantly reduced their sugary drink consumption and increased their vegetable intake at follow-up compared to control. We conclude with recommendations for revisions to the child interview and parent questionnaire delivery to ensure the roll out of the randomized trial is conducted efficiently and rigorously.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03004430.2015.1131158
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
1301 Education Systems
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Taylor & Francis
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