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Margrethe Røed of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Fostering healthy dietary habits through targeting toddlers' food and eating environment: The Food4toddlers study » and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Monday 7 June 2021.

Our findings show that digital initiatives can help parents fostering a healthy diet for their children.

Margrethe Røed

PhD Candidate

The disputation will be held digitally, because of the Corona covid-19-situation. Spectators may follow the disputation digitally – link is available below.

 

Margrethe Røed of the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder has submitted her thesis entitled «Fostering healthy dietary habits through targeting toddlers' food and eating environment: The Food4toddlers study » and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Monday 7 June 2021.

She  has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder.

Summary of the thesis by Margrethe Røed:

Food4toddlers-website for parents

In the project Food4toddlers (Mat til minsten), Margrethe Røed has investigated the diet of young children (1-2 year olds), and asked the questions:

  • can the diet be improved with the help of a website that provides advice on how parents can make good choices, and
  • what is the connection between the parents' motive for food choices and what the child eats?

In Food4toddlers, an intervention was developed for parents of young children to make them aware of the importance of the environment for children's eating development and the establishment of good habits.

A randomized controlled trial was conducted, in which parents in the intervention group got access to a website with information, films and recipes and received reminders regularly. The control group did not have access to the website.

Four articles

A total of four articles are included in the thesis.

Article I describes the development, implementation and rationale of the Food4toddlers project as well as characteristics of the included participants. We recruited 298 participants from all over the country and most highly educated mothers.

In Article II, we examined the relationships between parents' motives for food choices, feeding practices and their children's fruit or vegetable intake. Parents who were concerned about health stated that the children ate more vegetables. This can be partly explained by the fact that they also used positive feeding practices. Motives other than health had no effect on intake.

In Article III we examined the effect of the intervention. Children in families who had access to the website ate more vegetables at 18 months of age than those who did not have access. This was one of the main goals of the intervetion. No other differences between the groups were found.

Article IV deals with parental satisfaction and use of the website. The parents thought the website was easy to understand and that the information was adapted to the child's age. Most participants visited the website (86.5%) and highly educated used the website the most.

Our findings show that digital initiatives can help parents fostering a healthy diet for their children.

Disputation facts:

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place online, via the Zoom conferencing app (link below)

Dean, Professor Anders Johan Wickstrøm Andersen, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture at 10:15 hours

Public defence at 12:15 hours

 

Given topic for trial lecture: “Appropriate research methods to assess the effectiveness of ehealth interventions and their potential to promote healthy eating in a socially diverse study population”

Thesis Title: "Fostering healthy dietary habits through targeting toddlers' food and eating environment: The Food4toddlers study"

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available here:

 

The CandidateMargrethe Røed (1972 Kristiansand) General teacher education (1996),  Agder University College (now The University of Agder), Supervision pedagogy (30sp) (1998) Telemark University College (now Universitetet of South-Eastern Norway).Masters degree in Pedagogy (2011), University of Agder. Working experience: General teacher (1996 - 2007), then positions at The Department of Nutrition and Public Health, University of Agder: University College Teacher (2007-2011) Assistant Professor (2011 - 2016) and Assistant Professor in parallel to the doctoral work (2016 - 2021). 

Opponents:

First opponent: Professor Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir, School of Health Science, University of Iceland

Second opponent: Associate Professor Lisa Maria Gardweidner-Holme, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

Associate Professor Bård Erlend Solstad, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education, University of Agder, Norway,  is appointed as the administrator for the assessment commitee.

Supervisors were Professor Nina Cecilie Øverby, UiA, (main supervisor) and Professor Frøydis Nordgård Vik, UiA, Professor Elisabet Rudjord Hillesund, UiA og Researcher, PhD Wendy Van Lippevelde, Ghent University, Belgium (co-supervisors)

What to do as an audience member:

The disputation is open to the public, but to follow the trial lecture and the public defence, which is transmitted via the Zoom conferencing app, you have to register as an audience member.

We ask audience members to join the virtual trial lecture at 10:05 at the earliest and the public defense at 12:05 at the earliest. After these times, you can leave and rejoin the meeting at any time. Further, we ask audience members to turn off their microphone and camera and keep them turned off throughout the event. You do this at the bottom left of the image when in Zoom. We recommend you use ‘Speaker view’. You select that at the top right corner of the video window when in Zoom.

Opponent ex auditorio:

The chair invites members of the public to pose questions ex auditorio in the introduction to the public defense, with deadlines. It is a prerequisite that the opponent has read the thesis. Questions can be submitted to the chair Anders Johan Wickstrøm Andersen by e-mail anders.j.w.andersen@uia.no