Family menu-planning workshop: A pilot study on the feasibility of adult-And peer-led instruction

Cassandra J. Nikolaus, Sharon M. Nickols-Richardson

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Objectives: We evaluated the feasibility of a menu-planning workshop led by adults or by adolescents (ie, peers), delivered to parents and their adolescent children. Methods: We randomly assigned a convenience sample of 15 parents and their 17 adolescent children to menuplanning workshops taught by either an adult or peer leader. We conducted process evaluation using workshop observations and participant perceptions. Parents and their adolescents completed questionnaires before and immediately after attending and 3-And 6-months after the workshop. Questionnaires measured menu-planning-related knowledge, self-efficacy and program strategy use. Results: We observed adult and peer leaders completing the majority (≥ 80%) of program tasks well. Participants had positive perceptions of the workshop. Menu-planning-related self-efficacy significantly increased for parents and their adolescents from baseline to all followup assessment intervals. Conclusions: Adult and peer leaders may feasibly teach a menu-planning workshop to parents and adolescent children. Additional outcomes provide limited but promising indications that menu-planning-related self-efficacy increases after workshop participation and remains elevated when assessed 6-months later, regardless of adult or peer leader mode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-286
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2017


  • Family
  • Menu planning
  • Nutrition education
  • Peer education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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