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1. Johnson Knepple, Stacey Michelle. IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE SNACK PACK PROJECT IN TWO MISSISSIPPI HEAD START CENTERS.

Degree: PhD, Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion, 2011, Mississippi State University

Childhood obesity is a public health concern, impacting American children as early as the preschool years. Children from rural, low-income, and minority families experience unique disparities in obesity and health problems, which is especially problematic in Mississippi where a large part of the state is considered rural and economically disadvantaged. Development of healthy nutrition behaviors in early childhood plays a pivotal role in sustaining life-long healthy behaviors and preventing childhood and future obesity. The <i>Snack Pack Project</i> is a 19-week preschool-based nutrition education program designed to promote recognition and selection of healthful foods and encourage development of healthy nutrition behaviors among preschool-aged children. Program objectives are for preschool children to identify healthy foods, food groups, and farm-to-table concepts, participate in weekly educational sessions, and assist in snack preparation. Preschoolers participate in educational sessions and snack preparation activities led by their Head Start teachers and complete pre- and postevaluations. The <i>Snack Pack Project</i> was implemented in two Head Start centers with a total of 300 preschoolers, 191 of which completed the pre- and post-evaluations. Surveys were also completed by parents, which included demographics, description of preschoolers food frequency, and an indication of household food security status. The McNemar 2 x 2 design chi-square test for matched-pairs demonstrated that the 3-year-old and the 4- and 5-year-old groups knowledge of nutrition variables covered by the Snack Pack Project improved (p < .05). Parent surveys indicated that only 8.9% of preschoolers consumed vegetables daily and 25.3% consumed fruit daily. Results from the food security survey indicated that food insecurity exists; 17.7% reported they relied on only a few kinds of low-cost food to feed their child due to a shortage of money, 16.0% of parents could not afford balanced meals, but none reported that their child did not eat for a whole day. Preschools are in a unique position to enhance nutrition knowledge and influence the development of healthy behaviors. <i>The Snack Pack</i> Project is feasible to implement in Head Start Centers and complements nutrition education the children will receive in primary school and beyond. Advisors/Committee Members: Diane Tidwell (chair), Chiquita Briley (committee member), Barry Hunt (committee member), Kathleen Ragsdale (committee member), Michelle Lee (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: Snack Pack Project; preschool-based nutrition education

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APA (6th Edition):

Johnson Knepple, S. M. (2011). IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE SNACK PACK PROJECT IN TWO MISSISSIPPI HEAD START CENTERS. (Doctoral Dissertation). Mississippi State University. Retrieved from http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-06272011-182340/ ;

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Johnson Knepple, Stacey Michelle. “IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE SNACK PACK PROJECT IN TWO MISSISSIPPI HEAD START CENTERS.” 2011. Doctoral Dissertation, Mississippi State University. Accessed December 06, 2019. http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-06272011-182340/ ;.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Johnson Knepple, Stacey Michelle. “IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE SNACK PACK PROJECT IN TWO MISSISSIPPI HEAD START CENTERS.” 2011. Web. 06 Dec 2019.

Vancouver:

Johnson Knepple SM. IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE SNACK PACK PROJECT IN TWO MISSISSIPPI HEAD START CENTERS. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Mississippi State University; 2011. [cited 2019 Dec 06]. Available from: http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-06272011-182340/ ;.

Council of Science Editors:

Johnson Knepple SM. IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF THE SNACK PACK PROJECT IN TWO MISSISSIPPI HEAD START CENTERS. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Mississippi State University; 2011. Available from: http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-06272011-182340/ ;

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