The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tufts University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01573845
First received: April 3, 2012
Last updated: October 18, 2013
Last verified: October 2013

April 3, 2012
October 18, 2013
September 2011
June 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Changes in the quantity of fruit and vegetables brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT01573845 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
  • Changes in the quantity of sugar-sweetened beverages brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Changes in the quantity of processed, energy-dense foods brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Changes in trash weight associated with foods brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study
The GREEN (Growing Right: Eating Eco-Friendly & Nutritious) Project Lunch Box Study

The central hypothesis of The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study is that a school-based communication campaign that combines healthy eating and eco-friendly messages will improve the quality of foods that children bring from home to school more than a healthy eating campaign alone and compared to a control/delayed intervention condition at the end of one school year.

The proposed intervention seeks to improve the quality of foods brought to school from home by taking advantage of a natural synergy between healthy eating and eco-friendly behaviors to increase motivation to adopt healthy eating behaviors. The project involves the design, implementation and evaluation of a novel, school based communications campaign to simultaneously improve the nutrition quality and eco-friendliness of foods that elementary school children bring from home to school.

The intervention is a theory-based multi-channel communications campaign based on qualitative research with the target population: children in grades three and four in public schools in Eastern Massachusetts and their caregivers. Schools were randomized to one of three conditions: (1) a campaign that includes healthy eating and eco-friendly messages; (2) a campaign that includes healthy eating messages only; and (3) a delayed healthy eating eco-friendly campaign after serving as a control group. Foods brought from home and the packaging associated with those foods will be assessed at baseline and at the end of the school year using a photographic technique.

The primary outcome of interest is change in the number of servings of fruits and vegetables. Secondary outcomes will include changes in the quantity of sugar-sweetened beverages; changes in processed, energy-dense foods; and changes in sugar sweetened beverages brought from home. We will also be able to assess changes in trash associated with foods brought from home.

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Health Communication
  • Behavioral: Healthy Eating + Eco-Friendly Campaign

    Participants receive a 6-month school-based campaign that includes:

    • A 22-lesson classroom curriculum
    • Homework activities that involve the family
    • Monthly parent newsletters
    • A food shopping and packing guide for parents
    • Food demonstrations
    • A poster contest
    • School wide announcements
  • Behavioral: Healthy Eating Campaign

    Participants receive a 6-month school-based campaign that includes:

    • A 22-lesson classroom curriculum
    • Homework activities that involve the family
    • Monthly parent newsletters
    • A food shopping and packing guide for parents
    • Food demonstrations
    • A poster contest
    • School wide announcements
  • Experimental: Healthy Eating + Eco-Friendly Campaign
    Intervention: Behavioral: Healthy Eating + Eco-Friendly Campaign
  • Active Comparator: Healthy Eating Campaign
    Intervention: Behavioral: Healthy Eating Campaign
  • No Intervention: Control/Delayed Intervention
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
979
July 2013
June 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

CHILD PARTICIPANTS

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 3rd or 4th grade student in participating classroom
  • Brings food from home to school at least 3 days per week

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Not a 3rd or 4th grade student
  • Not enrolled in a participating classroom
  • Does not bring food from home to school at least three days per week

PARENT/CARETAKER PARTICIPANTS

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Child is a 3rd or 4th grade student in participating classroom
  • Child brings food from home to school at least 3 days per week

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Child is not a 3rd or 4th grade student
  • Child is not enrolled in a participating classroom
  • Child does not bring food from home to school at least three days per week
Both
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Yes
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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NCT01573845
1R01HD065888-01, 1R01HD065888
No
Tufts University
Tufts University
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Principal Investigator: Jeanne P Goldberg, PhD, RD Tufts University
Tufts University
October 2013

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