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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Nutrition, Food Science, and Hospitality

First Advisor

Kendra Kattelmann


The prevalence of obesity is increasing among children and adolescents in South Dakota and the United States. This prevalence runs parallel to the decrease of Family and Consumer Sciences classes and Physical Education classes in schools. This study focused-on the effectiveness of a behavior-focused nutrition curriculum, and used retrospective pretesting to determine if student behavior change from the curriculum was evident in and out of school. Participants in this study were primarily white, enrolled in public high school Family and Consumer Sciences classes. After analyzing survey data from the students, an overall statistically significant positive behavior change among the student participants was determined. Other promising data also resulted from the study, however a convenient and small sample size, and limited participation from ethnic groups other than white limited its findings. Future research is needed to support this study's findings, however, this study is evidence that schools continue to be in a unique position. to provide nutrition education to students and influence future behavior change.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Nutrition -- Study and teaching -- South Dakota
Home economics -- Curricula -- South Dakota
Consumer education -- Curricula -- South Dakota




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