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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Oct;48(9):655-663.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.07.016.

Nutrition Education Resources in North Carolina-Based Head Start Preschool Programs: Administrator and Teacher Perceptions of Availability and Use.

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1
Department of Nutrition Science, College of Allied Health Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
2
Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
3
Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.
4
Department of Human Development and Family Science, College of Health and Human Performance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
5
Department of Nutrition Science, College of Allied Health Sciences, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Electronic address: carrawaystagev@ecu.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to provide new insight into common barriers to the availability and use of nutrition education (NE) resources in Head Start preschool programs based on administrator and teacher perceptions.

METHODS:

In-depth, semistructured phone interviews (n = 63) were conducted with administrators (n = 31) and teachers (n = 32) from North Carolina-based Head Start programs. Interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed qualitatively using content analysis to identify common themes.

RESULTS:

Five emergent themes were identified within the areas of NE resource availability and use and barriers to NE resource availability and use. Participants expressed desire for greater organization of existing NE material resources, increased community support, and professional development opportunities for teachers specific to NE. Funding and time constraints were reported as affecting NE resources.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Creative strategies for addressing NE resource availability and use and barriers (eg, NE integration with educational standards) in Head Start are needed.

KEYWORDS:

Head Start; administrators; children; nutrition education resources; qualitative; teachers

PMID:
27720107
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2016.07.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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