Pilot Intervention Enhances Preschoolers’ Self-Regulation and Food Liking

Sara A. Schmitt, Frank Snyder, Irem Korucu, Lindsey M. Bryant, Jennifer K. Finders

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Objective: The goal of this study was to develop and evaluate a 5-week intervention that targeted self-regulation and healthy food liking through mindfulness and classroom-based games with exposure to fruits and vegetables. Methods: Children (mean age, 3.6 ± 0.05 years) in 1 Head Start center received the classroom-based intervention (n = 24) and children in a second did not (n = 15). Assessments of self-regulation and liking of fruits and vegetables were administered pre- and postintervention. Results: Children in the intervention, but not the comparison group, experienced significant improvements in behavioral regulation (P = 0.003) and liking of fruits and vegetables (P = 0.02). Conclusions and Implications: This study lays a foundation for future research that replicates findings with a larger sample using a randomized controlled design, incorporates more typical mindful eating practices, and includes additional, broader measures of food liking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1035-1042
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • food liking
  • intervention
  • preschool
  • self-regulation


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