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Larissa LeavensProgram Representative/Analyst | llleavens@UCDavis.edu

EatFit Program, Version 2008The 2008 version of EatFit reflects MyPyramid guidelines

What is EatFit?

EatFit is designed to improve the dietary and physical activity behaviors of middle school students, as well as improve knowledge of the California Department of Education content standards for math and English-language arts. The EatFit package includes a magazine style workbook for every student, teacher curriculum, a website and dietary analysis found at www.eatfit.net, evaluation tools, slides, and marketing information. The curriculum contains nine hands-on, experiential lessons. Topics include goal setting, label reading, fast food, breakfast, exercise, energy balance and advertising. EatFit engages students in a personal self-assessment of eating and physical activity behaviors using www.eatfit.net. Based on the results, students set goals using “guided goal setting” principles. The curriculum provides skill-building activities to help reach those goals.

Research

California Content Standards
Shilts M, Lamp C, Horowitz M, Townsend MS. Pilot Study: Eatfit Impacts 6th Graders’ Academic Performance on Achievement of Mathematics and English Education Standards. J Nutrition Educ Behavior In press.
This study is important as it is the first to document nutrition education’s impact on academic performance. These results should help staff with recruitment of schools.
Horowitz M, Shilts M, Lamp C, Townsend MS. A standards-driven evaluation of academic performance: an 8-step process for nutrition educators. J Nutrition Educ Behavior In press.
This paper should help other Coordinators/Directors with developing their own standards-driven evaluation tool.
Eatfit Development
We developed this new method for our curriculum Eatfit.
We use this curriculum with 6th-8th grade students in both EFNEP and FSNEP.
We adapted the EFNEP reporting system software for paraprofessionals (i.e. the diet analysis component) for our Eatfit web-based software for adolescents.
A review of the goal setting methodological research base for Eatfit curriculum. Includes a review for adults, adolescents and children.
We used the results of this study to support Eatfit’s Lesson 8 on media.
We used the results of this study to support Eatfit’s Lesson 8 on media
Eatfit Evaluation

 

Shilts M, Horowitz M, Townsend M. Eatfit: A randomized controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of “guided goal setting” among adolescents. Second Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity: Program & Abstracts 2003;122,P51.

 

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