Honey, Why Aren't You Playing with Your Food?

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Hughes, Alyssa
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Background: The USDA has reported an insufficient fruit and vegetable consumption among U.S. adults, which is a critical public health problem. By implementing sensory play and nutrition education, the research aims to enhance the appeal of these essential food groups and improve dietary habits, particularly among young adults and low-income populations. Methods: Participants in this study were fourth-grade students (age 9-10 years old) in the Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Club in Norfolk, VA. Participants (n=11) completed a 13-question written survey administered by the PI. The survey reported their knowledge of nutrition and their feelings about specific vegetables after partaking in hands-on vegetable activities and nutrition lessons.