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A theory-based evaluation of a dissemination intervention to improve childcare cooks' intentions to implement nutritional guidelines on their menus

Yoong, Sze Lin, Jones, Jannah, Marshall, Josephine, Wiggers, John, Seward, Kirsty, Finch, Meghan, Fielding, Alison and Wolfenden, Luke 2016, A theory-based evaluation of a dissemination intervention to improve childcare cooks' intentions to implement nutritional guidelines on their menus, Implementation science, vol. 11, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0474-7.

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Title A theory-based evaluation of a dissemination intervention to improve childcare cooks' intentions to implement nutritional guidelines on their menus
Author(s) Yoong, Sze Lin
Jones, Jannah
Marshall, Josephine
Wiggers, John
Seward, Kirsty
Finch, Meghan
Fielding, Alison
Wolfenden, Luke
Journal name Implementation science
Volume number 11
Article ID 105
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-25
ISSN 1748-5908
Keyword(s) Childcare services
Dissemination
Guideline
Nutrition
Summary BACKGROUND: Childcare services represent a key setting to implement nutritional interventions to support the development of healthy eating behaviours in young children. Childcare-specific nutritional guidelines outlining recommendations for provision of food in care have been developed. Despite this, research suggests that few childcare services currently implement these guidelines. This study aimed to examine the impact of providing printed educational materials on childcare service cooks' intentions to use nutritional guidelines and provide fruit and vegetables on their menu.

FINDINGS: A randomised controlled trial was conducted with 77 childcare services (38 control and 39 intervention). Intervention service cooks were mailed a two-page educational material together with a menu planning checklist. Intervention development and evaluation was guided by the theory of planned behaviour. Outcome data assessing intentions to use nutritional guidelines and serves of fruit and vegetables provided on menus (primary outcomes) as well as secondary outcomes (attitudes, behavioural regulation and social norms) were collected via a telephone interview with cooks. Relative to the comparison group, cooks in the intervention arm had significantly higher intentions to use the guidelines (p value 0.0005), accompanied by significant changes in perceived behavioural control (p value 0.0008) and attitudes (p value 0.0071). No significant difference in serves of fruit (p value 0.7278) and vegetables (p value 0.0573) was observed.

CONCLUSIONS: The use of educational materials can improve childcare service cooks' intentions to use nutritional guidelines; however, as a standalone strategy, it may not improve provision of food on menus.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s13012-016-0474-7
Field of Research 11 Medical And Health Sciences
08 Information And Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30100747

Document type: Journal Article
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