Small school-based effectiveness trials increase vegetable and fruit consumption among youth

Gloria J. Stables, Elizabeth M. Young, Mollie W. Howerton, Amy L Yaroch, Sarah Kuester, Mary Kay Solera, Kathleen Cobb, Linda Nebeling

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This article profiles a research initiative of state health agency-initiated 5 A Day school-based interventions. Four of the seven projects reviewed had significant results, with an average effect size of 0.4 servings of vegetables and fruit. Results are comparable with the larger-scale, well-controlled, and more costly 5 A Day For Better Health efficacy trials. These comparable findings underscore the value of assessing effectiveness of interventions in real-world settings to potentially enable wide-scale implementation of tested strategies. These small effectiveness trials show that school-based interventions are feasible to implement using current and effective strategies, and may facilitate translation of health promotion research to practice. The projects fostered valuable research/practice partnerships at the community level. Limitations across studies included heterogeneity in research methods, participant attrition, and variability in reporting data. Further research is needed to develop standardized, cost-effective dietary assessment methodology for viable dissemination research in community settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Volume105
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

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Stables, G. J., Young, E. M., Howerton, M. W., Yaroch, A. L., Kuester, S., Solera, M. K., ... Nebeling, L. (2005). Small school-based effectiveness trials increase vegetable and fruit consumption among youth. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 105(2), 252-256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jada.2004.11.031

Small school-based effectiveness trials increase vegetable and fruit consumption among youth. / Stables, Gloria J.; Young, Elizabeth M.; Howerton, Mollie W.; Yaroch, Amy L; Kuester, Sarah; Solera, Mary Kay; Cobb, Kathleen; Nebeling, Linda.

In: Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vol. 105, No. 2, 01.01.2005, p. 252-256.

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Stables, GJ, Young, EM, Howerton, MW, Yaroch, AL, Kuester, S, Solera, MK, Cobb, K & Nebeling, L 2005, 'Small school-based effectiveness trials increase vegetable and fruit consumption among youth', Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 105, no. 2, pp. 252-256. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jada.2004.11.031
Stables, Gloria J. ; Young, Elizabeth M. ; Howerton, Mollie W. ; Yaroch, Amy L ; Kuester, Sarah ; Solera, Mary Kay ; Cobb, Kathleen ; Nebeling, Linda. / Small school-based effectiveness trials increase vegetable and fruit consumption among youth. In: Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2005 ; Vol. 105, No. 2. pp. 252-256.
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