Effect of nutrition education intervention on the growth of 244 elementary school children in rural China
MAO Xuanxia1,2, TANG Wenjing1,2, XIE Qi3, CAI Wei1,2, SHEN Xiuhua1,2
1. Department of Clinical Nutrition, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200092, China; 2. Department of Nutrition, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China; 3. Nutrition Center, Nanxishan Hospital,Guilin 541002, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Objective To evaluate the effect of nutrition education intervention on the growth of elementary schoolchildren in rural China. Methods A 2-year nutrition education interventional study was conducted with 244 schoolchildren (80 in the intervention school and 164 in the control schools) in a rural area of China receiving government subsidies. Nutrition education intervention included the modification of school meal menus, peer support activities, nutrition-related handbooks and posters, and nutrition courses. The measurable outcomes included the height-for-age Z-score (HAZ), the BMI-for-age Z-score (BAZ), and nutrient intakes. Results During the 2-year nutrition education intervention, the BAZ of the intervention group (0.04±0.88) significantly increased compared to that of the control group (-0.30±0.81, P<0.01). After adjusting for baseline BAZ and other potential confounders, the effect of nutrition education intervention on BAZ persisted (standardized coefficient: 0.322; P=0.000). Protein and other nutrient intakes substantially increased for the intervention group compared to the control group during the 2-year intervention. Conclusion Our findings suggest that nutrition education, in addition to government subsidies, is beneficial for the growth of schoolchildren in rural China.
毛绚霞，唐文静，谢 琪，蔡 威，沈秀华. 营养教育对244名中国农村小学生生长发育的影响[J]. 教育生物学杂志, 2019, 7(1): 16-.
MAO Xuanxia, TANG Wenjing, XIE Qi, CAI Wei, SHEN Xiuhua. Effect of nutrition education intervention on the growth of 244 elementary school children in rural China. JOURNAL OF BIO-EDUCATION, 2019, 7(1): 16-.