Project Lead: Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, Professor/Director, Psychology, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame
Co-Project Lead: Kathy L. Guajardo, Executive Director, Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium
This project focuses on reducing obesogenic home environments for low-income families. Focusing on home environments is important because research shows mothers are typically the nutritional gatekeepers of the family, and young children receive approximately two-thirds of their food from home. Making small changes such as decreasing plate sizes, altering food presentation, turning the TV off, and changing negative patterns of parenting behaviors about children’s eating behavior could lead to reductions in calorie intake without triggering feelings of deprivation. Desired outcomes include providing evidence that our intervention, entitled “Undercover Mother” is feasible, a positive experience, and effective in making changes.