Home-based Settings

Home-based interventions attempt to involve the entire family in efforts to eat nutritious foods. For example, through interactions between children and parents or guardians, families can help to provide meals and snacks that include nutritious foods. Likewise, the family is a useful source of social support for changes in eating patterns (e.g., social acceptance, dietary restrictions).

Previous work in home-based settings has found:

  • Given the evidence for the efficacy of home-based programs in improving parenting skills of low-income parents of preschool children, a home-based nutrition education program may be the most developmentally appropriate and ecologically valid method of delivering health education to low-income, inner-city families.
  • Nutrition intervention strategies in home-based settings often emphasize parent/family involvement recommending participation in activities together (e.g., homework assignments, special classes for parents while children are in classes, support groups for parents).
  • At home, intervention strategies often emphasize emotional support (encouragement to minimize non-nutritious food consumption) alone or in addition to these other forms of support.
  • Home-based nutrition programs are particularly pertinent to community members who are unable to access education classes offered in the community (i.e., individuals with physical disability, limited mobility, no access to transportation, etc).
  • The Internet is becoming an increasingly popular setting to provide nutrition information for those living in rural areas with limited reach and availability of programs, as well as those who are homebound.

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