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Feasibility of a Family Meal Intervention to Address Nutrition, Emotional Wellbeing, and Food Insecurity of Families With Adolescents
- Utter, Jennifer, Denny, Simon, Farrant, Bridget, Cribb, Steve
- Journal of nutrition education and behavior 2019 v.51 no.7 pp. 885-892
- adolescent nutrition, adolescents, caregivers, food security, ingredients, meals (menu), recipes, surveys, vegetable consumption, youth
- To assess the feasibility of a family meal intervention to address indicators of parent and adolescent nutrition and well-being and household food security.Nine adolescents and a parent/caregiver were recruited from a youth health clinic. Families were provided with meal plans, recipes, and ingredients for 5 meals weekly for 4 weeks. Participants completed baseline and follow-up surveys and open-ended interviews.Overall, fidelity to the intervention was high among families; the frequency of family meals increased by approximately 2 meals/wk. Both parent/caregivers and adolescents reported improvements to nutrition (4 of 9 increased vegetable consumption for both) and most reported improvements to mental well-being. Household food insecurity also reduced during the intervention (means of 8.2 and 0.2 at baseline and follow-up, respectively).Providing families with meal plans, recipes, and ingredients is an acceptable way to increase weekly frequency of family meals. Future research may consider the family meal as a way to engage with families about broader concerns.