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Use of Engaging Online Videos in Conjunction with New Feeding Content to Enhance a Current EFNEP Program

      Objective: The overall purpose of the study is to examine the effectiveness of disseminating child feeding content through the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in Washington State and Colorado Extension. Two implementation methods are being compared: an in-class implementation where videos and in-class activities were added to the Eating Smart * Being Active (ESBA) curriculum and an online implementation where the participants view online videos and complete online activities after the in-person ESBA classes. The design is a randomized controlled trial (RCT) where participants are randomly assigned to one of the two implementation conditions or to an ESBA only control group.
      Description: Videos from a previous study were modified and additional footage was added to enhance the newly developed in-person and online child feeding content. In-class activities and online games were developed to support material in the videos. Participants are parents with a child aged 2–8 years participating in the EFNEP in Colorado and Washington State. The online and in-person curriculum was piloted with 30 low-income parents.
      Evaluation: Preliminary results based on the pilot data showed significant increases in parental responsiveness during feeding, child involvement in food preparation, use of measured portions, responsiveness to child satiety cues, and offering new foods. The RCT is currently being conducted in two counties in Colorado and three counties in Washington. To date, 137 parents in Washington and 152 parents in Colorado have been enrolled; 350 parents are expected to participate by the end of the study.
      Conclusions and Implications: Extension appears to be an effective way to disseminate feeding information to low-income parents through the EFNEP program. Results from the study will be available for presentation.
      Funding: 2015-68001-23311.

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