South Bend, Indiana
A collaborative project between Dr. Demas and the Food Studies Institute and Dr. Tish Kelly-Holmes, St Joseph Elementary School, Martin's Grocery Store, and Memorial Hospital.
This project looked at improvements in health and educational measures in both children and adults being taught the Food is Elementary curriculum. We were also able to monitor changes in shopping behavior that were influenced through learning about healthy foods. This shopping data is still under analysis and will be released soon. With positive education as the only intervention used, dramatic results were found.
Of those exposed to the Food is Elementary curriculum, health and educational findings include:
On average, nutrition knowledge test scores improved by 99% for children and 96% for adults, after the curriculum had been taught
An 89% average improvement in health scores for both groups
A decrease in BMI (Body Mass Index) for 49 out of 68 children (adjusted for growth): 72% change
A decrease in BMI for 33 out of 42 adults: 79% change
Out of the 21 students whose BMI's were in the 85th to 97th percentile (classified as obese) at the beginning of the study (30% of those tested), 6 students (almost a third of the group) were no longer in this category at the end of the five month period
Grocery Shopping Data
Spending on “target” foods introduced during the education intervention, ie: collard greens, legumes, 100% whole grain items increased by more than $6,000 for 112 customers who gave permission for confidential tracking of their Martin's Advantage Card spending for 1 year.