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Front. Nutr. | doi: 10.3389/fnut.2018.00129

Preliminary Investigation of a Mobile Nutrition Literacy Website for Parents and Young children

  • 1Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center, United States
  • 2Department of Public Health Science, University of Virginia, United States
  • 3School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas, United States
  • 4John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, United States

Parental nutrition literacy (PNL) correlates positively with child diet quality, but interventions for improving PNL are lacking. “Nutricity” is a novel bilingual (English/Spanish) mobile tool designed by the research team to engage parents and young children to interact with nutrition information to make nutrition decisions. The purpose of this study was to inform a future intervention through 1) assessing parental likability of Nutricity, and 2) collecting perceptions of pediatric clinic personnel on the feasibility of introducing Nutricity in pediatric clinics. PNL scores and feedback about Nutricity were collected using mixed methods from 15 English-speaking and 15 Spanish-speaking parents of 1-5 year-old children. Three parents from each language group provided additional feedback via semi-structured interviews. Interviews with 11 pediatric clinic personnel were also conducted to anticipate barriers and formulate strategies for implementing Nutricity as a clinic-based intervention. Nutricity was liked by both language groups and across all PNL levels, with a mean rating of 4.6 on a 5-point scale. Clinic personnel interviews affirmed need for and feasibility of offering Nutricity in clinics.

Keywords: Health Communication, literacy, nutrition, Patient Education, Parenting

Received: 02 Oct 2018; Accepted: 06 Dec 2018.

Edited by:

Kelly C. Allison, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, United States

Reviewed by:

Junilla K. Larsen, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands
Laura L. Wilkinson, Swansea University, United Kingdom  

Copyright: © 2018 Gibbs, Camargo, Patton, Zoellner, Chen, Cupertino, Harvey, Gajewski and Sullivan. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Heather D. Gibbs, University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Dietetics & Nutrition, Kansas City, United States, hgibbs@kumc.edu