Home-based cooking intervention with a smartphone app to improve eating behaviors in children aged 7–9 years: a feasibility study

Haddad, Joyce; Vasiloglou, Maria F.; Scheidegger-Balmer, Franziska; Fiedler, Ulrich; Van der Horst, Klazine (2023). Home-based cooking intervention with a smartphone app to improve eating behaviors in children aged 7–9 years: a feasibility study Discover Social Science and Health, 3(1) Springer 10.1007/s44155-023-00042-4

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Objective To develop and evaluate the feasibility of a mobile application in Swiss households and assess its impact on dietary behavior and food acceptability between children who cooked with limited parental support (intervention group) with children who were not involved in cooking (control group). Methods A ten-week randomized controlled trial was conducted online in 2020. Parents were given access to a mobile-app with ten recipes. Each recipe emphasized one of two generally disliked foods (Brussels sprouts or whole-meal pasta). Parents photographed and weighed the food components from the child’s plate and reported whether their child liked the meal and target food. The main outcome measures were target food intake and acceptability analyzed through descriptive analysis for pre-post changes. Results Of 24 parents who completed the baseline questionnaires, 18 parents and their children (median age: 8 years) completed the evaluation phase. Mean child baseline Brussel sprouts and whole-meal pasta intakes were 19.0 ± 24.2 g and 86.0 ± 69.7 g per meal, respectively. No meaningful differences in intake were found post-intervention or between groups. More children reported a neutral or positive liking towards the whole-meal pasta in the intervention group compared to those in the control group. No change was found for liking of Brussel sprouts. Conclusions for practice The intervention was found to be feasible however more studies on larger samples are needed to validate feasibility. Integrating digital interventions in the home and promoting meal preparation may improve child reported acceptance of some healthy foods. Using such technology may save time for parents and engage families in consuming healthier meals.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions
School of Health Professions > Nutrition and Dietetics


Haddad, Joyce;
Vasiloglou, Maria F.;
Scheidegger-Balmer, Franziska0000-0002-4698-8873;
Fiedler, Ulrich and
Van der Horst, Klazine0000-0001-7265-428X


H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)








Joyce Haddad

Date Deposited:

21 Jun 2023 09:35

Last Modified:

25 Jun 2023 01:37

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Food acceptance · Liking · Children · Cooking · Meal preparation · Vegetable intake · Food intake





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