The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between receipt of made-from-scratch meals provided by a San Diego based nonprofit and weight status amongst preschool aged children. Specifically, the research studied differences in BMI percentile and weight-for-age percentile among children who have attended Head Start (HS) in the Greater San Diego Area for 1 to 2 years and received made-from-scratch meals. A convenience sample of 21 preschool aged children took part in the study. Results revealed that the weight status of the preschoolers neither improved nor worsened while consuming made-from-scratch meals over an extended period. BMI change from initial enrollment to 1 year follow-up was greater amongst males in comparison to females. The findings, although not significant, add to the current body of research and acknowledge that further research is needed in the area of made-from-scratch meal service.
|Commitee:||Gustin, Libby, Smith, Kristine|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Early childhood education, Nutrition|
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