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Edutainment and Teen Modeling May Spark Interest in Nutrition & Physical Activity in Elementary School Audiences

      Providing knowledge alone is simply not enough to motivate children to eat fruits and vegetables.
      • Parker L.
      Using dramas as a nutrition education tool in schools.
      Innovative nutrition education strategies are often needed to improve attitudes and behaviors about fruit and vegetable intake. Educational theater for nutrition education is one approach in particular that rarely gets attention from academia.
      • Parker L.
      Using dramas as a nutrition education tool in schools.
      • Wright N.
      • Wylie-Rosett J.
      • Lukoschek P.
      • Moadel A.
      The School Yard Kids: a puppet show to promote a healthful lifestyle.
      • Jackson C.
      An Evaluation of the Use of Theater in Nutrition Education for Low-income African American Children [dissertation].
      • Colby S.
      • Haldeman L.
      Peer-led theater as a nutrition education strategy.
      • Gillespie P.
      Theater education and Hirsch's Contextualism: how do we get there, and do we want to go?.
      The use of education entertainment, or “edutainment,” is the incorporation of education with entertainment and is known to enhance the overall learning experience for the audience.
      Although previous theater-based nutrition education programs exist, the literature concerning the effect of teen-led interventions is limited.
      • Yancey A.
      • Siegel J.
      • McDaniel K.
      Role models, ethnic identity, and health-related behaviors in urban adolescents.
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