Dr. Murphy and colleagues to evaluate a novel nutrition intervention

Vegetables and a kitchen knife
Study is funded by the Danone Institute of Canada

Friday, March 10, 2017

Drs. Rachel Murphy, Carolyn Gotay, and Chris Lovato have received funding from the Danone Institute of Canada to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention targeting family food skills.

In Canada, 50% of women and 70% of men have energy intakes that exceed their needs, while less than 40% of adults consume fruits and vegetables at least 5 times per day. Nutrition education programs are one of the most promising strategies to improve healthy eating behaviour. Healthy eating can in turn help reduce the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.

Food Skills for Families (FSF), which is managed by Diabetes Canada, is an established 6-week program that aims to promote sustained positive behaviour change by building nutritional knowledge and cooking skills. Since 2008, more than 1000 FSF programs have been delivered at host organizations across BC. However, there is limited data on whether the program is effective and there is no information on the programs’ effect on sustained behaviour change.

Drs. Murphy, Gotay, and Lovato will use the results from their research to inform the evolution of the program and maximize its positive impact in ways that are relevant to participants, communities, and stakeholders.