iCook: Development of Web-Based Component of a 4-H Cooking Intervention

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Objective: A web-based component was developed to support a cooking intervention implemented through Extension programming in 5 states. The intervention was pilot-tested with dyads (n=61) of youth (9–10 years old) and adults. Six lessons included content on family mealtime and communication, physical activity, and goal setting. Youth received cameras and were asked to create videos on the lessons for the website which was also designed for interaction with other participants and goal setting. Based on process evaluation, 75% of youth reported making videos but only 48% reported posting videos. Barriers to posting videos included slow Internet speed at home, lack of time and forgetfulness. While 65% of youth reported intent to set goals to increase fruits, vegetables and physical activity, goal setting on the website was completed only 38 times. Youth need support built into program structure to follow through with intentions. Although Internet access has been identified as increasingly available, the barrier of slow speed Internet access, i.e., upload speed, limits posting capabilities and is important to consider when developing online interactive at-home activities. Feedback will be used to modify online components. Funding Source: USDA/NIFA/AFRI, Integrated Proposal for Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area #2012-68001-19605 and state experiment stations.

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The FASEB Journal



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Abstract Number: 36.2

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