The "5 a day" game: A nutritional intervention utilising innovative methodologies with primary school children

Alice Rosi, Francesca Scazzina, Lisa Ingrosso, Angelica Morandi, Daniele Del Rio, Alberto Sanna

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Abstract

The aim of this study was observing and improving children's eating habits through an edutainment technological platform. A single-group education intervention was carried out in primary schools in Parma and Milano, Italy. A total of 76 children (32 females and 44 males, 8-10 years old) were involved in a 3-month nutritional program including lessons and educational videogames. Intakes of fruits, vegetables, juices and dietary total antioxidant capacity (TAC) were measured using 3-day food diaries before and after the intervention. The daily total consumption of fruit and vegetables increased from 421.8 (320.3) to 484.3 (337.2) g/day (p = 0.016). Consequently, daily dietary TAC increased by 26%, rising from 1.4 (1.3) to 1.6 (1.3) mmol of Trolox equivalents (p = 0.006). The methods and, particularly, the use of technological tools proved to be effective in conducting an educational intervention in children aged 8-10 years old.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-717
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Edutainment
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Nutrition education
  • TAC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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