Research shows the importance of parental guidance in making healthy food
choices. Fathers, specifically non-residential fathers, are often left out of the
conversation when it comes to grocery shopping, meal planning and food
preparation. They tend to cater to their children’s wants rather than making
healthy food choices
With funding from the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, Extension’s
Simply Good Eating and Master Gardener programs and a community
partner designed a participatory research pilot project to bring low-income,
non-residential fathers back to the kitchen with the goal of linking growing,preparing and shopping for healthy food with building healthy family
While this project required patience and flexibility, the fathers eloquently
expressed how participation in this project changed the way they thought
about feeding, parenting and nurturing their children. The community-
Extension partnership was invaluable in providing healthy and positive food
experiences for a group that has not been engaged by Extension.
Sherman, Shelley; Straub, Terry; Jones, Clarence; Katras, Mary Jo.
Good Foods, Good Fathering: A Community-Extension Partnership to Engage Low Income Urban Fathers In Their Child’s Nutrition.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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