Nutrition knowledge of Grade R learners in Durban suburban schools: an intervention study

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Abstract

The aim was to determine the effect of a NE Programme (NEP) on the nutrition knowledge of Grade R learners. The study was conducted in 4 phases. Twenty Grade R educators completed a NE needs questionnaire in order to identify activities and visuals suitable for this age group (phase 1). Consequently, a classroom-based NEP was developed and implemented (phase 2). The intervention involved 120 Grade R learners, in three schools: a government school (Experimental group - EGG) (n = 37), a private school (Experimental group - EPG) (n = 40) and a private school (control group - CG) (n = 43). A Foundation phase teacher implemented the eight hour (eight week) NEP; the CG did not receive any NE (Phase 3). Pre- and post-test knowledge was assessed (Phase 4). The educator’s results confirmed the need for NE with suitable activities. A NEP with NETs was identified, developed and implemented. The pre-implementation test score indicated similar correct answers between the three groups (EGG 72.4
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-51
JournalSouth African Journal of Family Ecology and Consumer Sciences
StatePublished - Dec 2016

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