Nutrition Education


  • Learn about the extent to which families discuss (and under what conditions they discuss) issues related to eating healthfully.
  • Determine whether families perceive a need to improve the way they discuss eating healthfully.
  • Conduct a feasibility study of the FRIDGE curriculum.


  • Train nutrition educators in how to facilitate intra- and inter-family conversations and cooperation centered on achieving healthy eating goals


Kaplan, M., James, L., Alloway, F., and Kiernan, N.E. (2011). Youth empowerment in family conversations and decision-making about food. In J.M. Cramer, C.P. Greene, and L.M. Walters (Eds.). Food as communication/ Communication as food (pp. 337-358). New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group.

Kaplan, M., Alloway, F., and Middlemiss, W. (2009). A Feasibility Study of FRIDGE – An Intergenerational Nutrition Education Program. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 4, 55-61.

Kaplan, M., Kiernan, N.E., and James, L. (2006). Intergenerational family conversations and decision-making about eating healthfully. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 38 (5), Sept., 298-306.