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Publication Date

May 1, 2006


Journal Article

Promoting Family Meals in WIC: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Initiative

By Johnson D, Birkett D, Evens C, Pickering S


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program in Washington State developed a module to be used at local WIC agencies to promote family meals. Needs assessment and formative evaluation ensured that the module met the needs of WIC staff and clients. The Promoting Family Meals module includes background information on family meals, tools for training WIC staff, outlines for group sessions, handouts tailored to each client’s stage of change, children’s coloring sheets, bookmarks, banners, and posters. After the first 6 months of use, there was a statistically significant (F = 26.17, df = 3, P < .001) increase in family meal participation in intervention agencies as compared to controls.

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March 21, 2018

Johnson, D, Birkett, D, Evens, C, & Pickering, S 2006, 'Promoting family meals in WIC: lessons learned from a statewide initiative', Journal Of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 38, 3, pp. 177-182. Available online: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Promoting+family+meals+in+WIC+lessons+learned+from+a+statewide+initiative