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PHP 015 December: Participatory Action Research to Develop Nutrition Education Videos for Child Care Providers: The Omaha Nutrition Education Collaborative

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Child care offers an ideal setting to promote more healthful eating through nutrition education. However, many child care
providers lack knowledge about nutrition and receive infrequent nutrition training. Although web-based training shows
promise as a way to address this, most current trainings focus on information provision rather than direct skills training
that promotes hands-on, experiential learning. The present study describes the development of nutrition education videos
using a participatory action research (PAR) approach that has been successful in generating research evidence to address
community-based challenges. This approach involves four major phases: (1) external consumer influence, (2) consumerempowered
team, (3) the research process, and (4) provider-valued outcomes. A case report design is used to describe
the development of six nutrition education videos for child care providers (e.g., teaching taste, texture, and color; teaching
nutritional benefits; teaching portion size). One hundred and fourteen providers, parents, and public health professionals
viewed the videos. Results showed that the vast majority found the videos to be helpful or very helpful for instructing adults
to teach children about nutrition. The videos were made publically available on a website (http://TeachKidsNutrition.org),
and as of 1 year of being posted, the website had more than 4,919 visitors across the United States and internationally.
Lessons learned throughout this process are discussed. The development of these videos using PAR presents a promising
approach to assure that child care providers receive hands-on, experiential learning in nutrition education. Furthermore,
this approach may contribute to obesity prevention efforts among child care providers.


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