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The GREEN Project Lunch Box Study

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01573845
First Posted: April 10, 2012
Last Update Posted: March 25, 2015
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Collaborator:
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Tufts University
  Purpose
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.

Condition Intervention
Health Communication Behavioral: Healthy Eating + Eco-Friendly Campaign Behavioral: Healthy Eating Campaign

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: The GREEN (Growing Right: Eating Eco-Friendly & Nutritious) Project Lunch Box Study

Further study details as provided by Tufts University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in the quantity of fruit and vegetables brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in the quantity of sugar-sweetened beverages brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Changes in the quantity of processed, energy-dense foods brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Changes in trash weight associated with foods brought from home to school [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 979
Study Start Date: September 2011
Study Completion Date: July 2013
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Healthy Eating + Eco-Friendly Campaign 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
Active Comparator: Healthy Eating Campaign 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
No Intervention: Control/Delayed Intervention

Detailed Description:

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.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

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
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01573845


Sponsors and Collaborators
Tufts University
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Jeanne P Goldberg, PhD, RD Tufts University