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doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000445896.52276.0e
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Cooking Up Energy: Response to a Youth-Focused Afterschool Cooking and Nutrition Education Program

Isoldi, Kathy K. PhD, RD; Calderon, Orly PsyD; Dolar, Veronika PhD

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Abstract

Cooking Up Energy, a 10-week cooking and nutrition education program, investigated program influence on body weight status and food-related behaviors in 56 youths. No significant change in body weight status in the group of matched pairs (N = 46) or in a subgroup of 22 overweight/obese participants (t22 = 0.1491; P > .05) was found. However, maintenance of weight velocity was achieved. Although no significant changes were found in meal preparation frequency, a trend was noted for increase in preparing breakfast and dinner. Program evaluations were positive, and most youths reported an intention to make healthier food choices following program completion.

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