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Me and my veggies: The use of interactive, personalised picture books in healthy eating interventions

Dulay, K. M. ORCID: 0000-0001-8827-9613, Masento, N. A., Harvey, K. , Messer, D. J. & Houston‐Price, C. (2020). Me and my veggies: The use of interactive, personalised picture books in healthy eating interventions. Nutrition Bulletin, 45(1), doi: 10.1111/nbu.12415

Abstract

Increased fruit and vegetable consumption is important for children’s healthy eating. Although repeated taste exposures are effective in supporting children’s acceptance of healthy foods, more enjoyable interventions that increase children’s familiarity with foods through other sensory modalities can also be helpful. Picture book interventions, which draw on the principles of visual familiarity and social reinforcement, are effective in increasing pre-schoolers’ acceptance of vegetables. With the rise of digital technologies, e-books present a new tool for offering picture book interventions on a large scale and offer additional features that might potentially boost their effects. In this paper, we propose two specific mechanisms, interactive learning and personalisation, that could make e-book eating interventions especially effective with young children and we outline new directions for research to elucidate their effects. We then briefly describe an ongoing study that explores the effectiveness of a vegetable e-book intervention that incorporates the mechanisms described in this paper.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Dulay, K. M. , Masento, N. A., Harvey, K. view all authors (2020). Me and my veggies: The use of interactive, personalised picture books in healthy eating interventions. Nutrition Bulletin, 45(1), which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12415. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: e-books, interactive learning, fruit and vegetable consumption, personalisation, picture books, visual familiarity
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
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