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Food Offerings at Faith-based Activities for Children/Youth

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2018
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Obesity/overweight affects one-third of U.S. children. While the causes are multifactorial, increased consumption of away-from-home (versus at-home) meals has been shown to contribute to higher calorie and fat intakes. This study’s objective was to examine food/beverage provisions at faith-based children/youth events. Direct observation methodology was used for data collection from 10 churches (two to five observations/church) in Southeast FL. Food/beverages served on 31 occasions (26 meals, 5 non-meals) were documented/analyzed for nutrient content (Food Processor software). Main dishes were mostly pizza and pasta-based casseroles (45%) with white bread/rolls (side dish) (27%). Vegetables (non-potato) were served twice, and fruits five times but seldom eaten. Provided beverages were primarily sugar-sweetened (87%). Desserts/snack-foods were served at 55% of events. Foods were generally high in fat and/or sugar and contributed little to needed fruit / vegetable servings. These findings provide nutritional evidence to initiate dialogues within faith-communities about healthier food provisions at children/youth-related activities.
Title: Food Offerings at Faith-based Activities for Children/Youth.
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Name(s): Parra Jaimes, Andrea
Gropper, Sareen
Opalinski, Andra
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Poster
Date Created: 2018
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Florida
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Obesity/overweight affects one-third of U.S. children. While the causes are multifactorial, increased consumption of away-from-home (versus at-home) meals has been shown to contribute to higher calorie and fat intakes. This study’s objective was to examine food/beverage provisions at faith-based children/youth events. Direct observation methodology was used for data collection from 10 churches (two to five observations/church) in Southeast FL. Food/beverages served on 31 occasions (26 meals, 5 non-meals) were documented/analyzed for nutrient content (Food Processor software). Main dishes were mostly pizza and pasta-based casseroles (45%) with white bread/rolls (side dish) (27%). Vegetables (non-potato) were served twice, and fruits five times but seldom eaten. Provided beverages were primarily sugar-sweetened (87%). Desserts/snack-foods were served at 55% of events. Foods were generally high in fat and/or sugar and contributed little to needed fruit / vegetable servings. These findings provide nutritional evidence to initiate dialogues within faith-communities about healthier food provisions at children/youth-related activities.
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Collection: FAU Student Research Digital Collection
Subject(s): College students --Research --United States.
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