Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participants Perceive That Zobey's Jungle Jive Promotes Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Their Preschool-Aged Children
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Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Low levels of physical activity and excessive screen time, among other factors, have been linked to overweight among preschoolers.1 A Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) survey showed that child preference has a role in determining the foods parents serve, and that many children ask for the foods they see on television (unpublished data). Family-based programs that combine a few simple physical activity and nutrition messages should be a primary strategy in preventing childhood overweight because parents serve as role models for their children.2 With this in mind, Texas WIC created Adventures of Zobey, a series of 4 DVDs for preschool-aged children and their families to encourage physical activity and promote healthy eating habits. Each Zobey DVD incorporates visuals and messages that promote nutritious foods and engage children in a story that makes television viewing active time. For example, in Jungle Jive, Zobey and a group of kids help the animals throw a surprise party for Elephant. They help Monkey make a fruit-a-licous sculpture cake-o-rama, help transport it to the party, and help Lion with his Jungle Jive dance for Elephant. Key nutrition messages include: healthy foods can be used for celebration, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and drink water (Figure). The videos incorporate social cognitive theory components such as behavioral capability, outcome expectations, observational learning, reinforcement, and self-efficacy.3 Child development and child movement specialists reviewed early videos for age-appropriateness.4 Currently, the Zobey series includes A Trip to Bugland (2007), Searching for a Rainbow (2007), Jungle Jive (2010), and Barn Dance Party (2011).
Greenberg Seth, J.,
Isbell, M. G.,
Dochen Atwood, R.
(2014). Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participants Perceive That Zobey's Jungle Jive Promotes Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Their Preschool-Aged Children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(3,Supplement), S93-S96.
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