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Building knowledge of healthy eating in hospitalized youth: a self-regulated campaign

Beatriz Pereira1, Paula Magalhães1, Raquel Pereira1, Raquel Azevedo1, Sofia Kirkman2, Rosa Mourão1,and Pedro Rosário1

1 University of Minho (Portugal) and
2 Northeastern University (United States)

Background: Data from the World Health Organization shows obesity has more than doubled worldwide since 1980. Childhood obesity is mainly associated with external and modifiable factors, as eating habits, existing room for promoting healthy lifestyles. Additionally, learning can take place in contexts other than schools, as the hospital, potentiating the time of hospitalization. Self-regulated learning framework is suited to train the skills necessary for self-management processes and behavioral changes. The aim was to describe and evaluate a campaign designed to increase knowledge about healthy eating by hospitalized school-aged youth.  Method: A quasi-experimental design was used. Participants were randomly distributed between the experimental and control groups, each one with 15 participants aged between six and 16 years-old. Information about healthy eating was not provided directly; participants had to reflect and work to build knowledge through activities inspired in the self-regulated learning framework. Results: Results showed that the experimental group when compared with their counterparts significantly improved their knowledge on healthy eating after taking part in the campaign. Conclusions: Campaigns that increase knowledge on healthy eating based on the promotion of self-regulated learning strategies could be incorporated in health promotion programs not only in pediatric units but also in other educational contexts.

Desarrollando conocimientos sobre alimentación saludable en jóvenes hospitalizados: una campaña de autorregulación. Antecedentes: el informe de la Organización Mundial de Salud indicó que la obesidad más que duplicó desde 1980. La obesidad infantil es mayoritariamente asociada a causas externas y modificables, como hábitos de alimentación, y puede ser combatida a través de estilos de vida saludables. Las intervenciones educativas pueden ocurrir en el hospital, potenciando el tiempo de hospitalización. El entrenamiento puede ser realizado en el marco de la autorregulación del aprendizaje. Nuestro objetivo es evaluar una campaña de promoción del conocimiento sobre alimentación saludable entre jóvenes hospitalizados en edad escolar. Método: se usó un diseño cuasi-experimental. Los participantes fueron distribuidos al azar entre los grupos experimental y control, cada uno con 15 participantes de entre 6 y 16 años. La información sobre alimentación saludable no fue ofrecida directamente, los participantes tuvieron que reflexionar y trabajar para construir conocimiento, a través de actividades inspiradas en el aprendizaje autorregulado. Resultados: los resultados muestran que después de la campaña, el grupo experimental, comparando con el grupo de control, mejoró significativamente su conocimiento sobre alimentación saludable. Conclusiones: campañas para incrementar el conocimiento sobre alimentación saludable basadas en el marco de la autorregulación del aprendizaje podrían ser incorporadas en programas de promoción de la salud.


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