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Grandchildren's food workshop: Impact of an intergenerational cooking program on dietary habits, food courage, cooking skills and two-way interaction in Danish children and their grandparents

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BACKGROUND: Good nutrition is a key aspect of health. Cooking activities can improve dietary habits, cooking skills and food courage in terms of courage to cook and taste new foods, in individuals of all ages. However, targeting both grandchildren and grandparents at the same time through intergenerational cooking activities, is new.

AIM: This paper aims to present the impact of intergenerational cooking activities on dietary habits, food courage, cooking skills and two-way interaction between young and old participants in The Grandchildren's Food Workshop.

METHODS: In this observational pilot study, the Danish Heart Foundation's experimental cooking program for grandchildren and grandparents was developed and tested. The influence of the food workshop on the participants' dietary habits, food courage, cooking skills and two-way interaction was assessed by a before and after questionnaire. McNemar's and chi-squared tests were used to evaluate the effects.

RESULTS: A total of 180 grandchildren (10 to 12 years) and 183 grandparents participated in The Grandchildren's Food Workshop. A total of 82 (46%) grandchildren (71% of which were girls) and 125 (68%) grandparents (83% of which were women) responded to the baseline and follow-up questionnaires. The impact on dietary habits and food courage was limited, while there was an impact on cooking skills in the grandchildren. The already good two-way interaction was unaltered.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate an impact on cooking skills among grandchildren participating in The Grandchildren's Food Workshop, while the impact on dietary habits, food courage and two-way interaction between age groups was limited. Further research, including more detailed dietary data, should explore the significance of an intergenerational approach.

TidsskriftNutrition and health
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)413-421
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2021

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