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Time for Lunch: The Impact of Lunch Time Constraints on Child Eating Behaviors

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04191291
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 9, 2019
Last Update Posted : December 9, 2019
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Brief Summary:
Recent peer-reviewed observational evidence suggests that school children receive anywhere from 10-33 minutes of seated lunch time and that students with less time to eat discard higher amounts of milk, entrée (i.e. protein items), grains, and vegetables. This waste is a missed nutritional and food security opportunity and also negatively impacts the environment. The purpose of this study is to estimate the impact that lunch time constraints have on child food selection, consumption and waste behaviors using a crossover trial design, where lunch periods are randomly allocated to be either 20 minutes or 30 minutes each day.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Time Constraints During School Meals Behavioral: Lunch period length Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 39 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Time for Lunch: The Impact of Lunch Time Constraints on Child Eating Behaviors
Actual Study Start Date : June 3, 2019
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 28, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : June 28, 2019

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Shortened lunch period
The lunch period will last only 20 minutes.
Behavioral: Lunch period length
We are randomly allocating a 20 minute or 30 minute lunch period length.

Experimental: Longer lunch period
The lunch period will last 30 minutes.
Behavioral: Lunch period length
We are randomly allocating a 20 minute or 30 minute lunch period length.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Food item selection [ Time Frame: Ranges from 5 days to 20 days, depending upon how long each participant elects to enroll in the summer camp ]
    The type and number of school meal components selected by students to eat for lunch.

  2. Food item consumption [ Time Frame: Ranges from 5 days to 20 days, depending upon how long each participant elects to enroll in the summer camp ]
    The weight of each school meal component that was consumed by each child during lunch. Each measured in grams.

  3. Food item waste [ Time Frame: Ranges from 5 days to 20 days, depending upon how long each participant elects to enroll in the summer camp ]
    The weight of each school meal component that was discarded by each child during lunch. Each measured in grams.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be enrolled in local summer camp

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT04191291


Locations
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United States, Illinois
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois, United States, 61801
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04191291    
Other Study ID Numbers: 19412
First Posted: December 9, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 9, 2019
Last Verified: June 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No