Health Literacy, Health Communications, Health Education
An example from the field: The effectiveness of a school-based intervention in a Muslim school to promote fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity
( AGNR Nutrition and Food Science, Doctoral Student & UMD SPH Maryland Center for Health Equity Doctoral Student )
This presentation will introduce new and original research on an ongoing school-based intervention called Healthy Al-Huda Produce of the Month Program. The program is designed to promote fruit and vegetable consumption, as well as physical activity, among Muslim elementary school students through a culturally, age, and religiously appropriate evidence based curriculum. A total of 204 second to fifth grade students from Al-Huda School in College Park, MD were recruited to participate in four 50-minute sessions of nutrition and physical activity education. The curriculum was identified and adapted to be appropriate in terms of cultural, age and religiously appropriate language, topics and activities according to Islamic religion. In March 2016, pre-assessments were administered to assess knowledge, attitude and practice at before the intervention. A post assessment will be administered in May 2016 to assess any changes in knowledge, attitude and practice. The Healthy Al-Huda Produce of the Month Program is expected to reinforce healthy behaviors, increase knowledge of healthy eating, and physical activity among Muslim school students. This poster presentation will highlight the planning, implementation and preliminary data to date.