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The Effects of Verbal Encouragement of Healthy Eating With Native Hawaiian Preschoolers

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Title: The Effects of Verbal Encouragement of Healthy Eating With Native Hawaiian Preschoolers
Authors: Abing, Kayla
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Research demonstrates the need for an intervention to improve the health of children, especially those within the Native Hawaiian population in Hawaii. Parents can play an influential role in promoting healthy eating behaviors in children through verbal prompting strategies. The current research explored the effectiveness of various prompting strategies in encouraging children’s consumption of different vegetable types in two separate studies. The first study recruited 56 parents to evaluate the perceived effectiveness of prompting styles. Results from the first study informed the second study, which further investigated the effectiveness of top rated verbal strategies in the encouragement of vegetable consumption in children within an experimental setting. Trends in the data showed Reward prompts were most effective when paired with unfamiliar and traditionally Hawaiian vegetables, Explanation prompts were effective when used with unfamiliar vegetables and Modeling prompts were effective when paired with traditionally Hawaiian vegetables. The findings have implications for the improvement of child eating habits and support for efforts to sustain traditional Hawaiian culture.
Pages/Duration: 58 pages
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