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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

Topics in Clinical Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/01.TIN.0000445896.52276.0e
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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.

Author Information

Department of Nutrition (Dr Isoldi), Social Work Department (Dr Calderon), and Department of Economics (Dr Dolar), Long Island University/Post Campus, Brookville, New York.

Correspondence: Kathy K. Isoldi, PhD, RD, Department of Nutrition, Long Island University/Post Campus, 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548 (

Funding for this study was provided by the Dean's Discretionary Grant from the School of Health Professions and Nursing at Long Island University/Post Campus.

No competing financial interests exist for the authors.

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