Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Sarah Woodruff


Health and environmental sciences, Education, Family meals, Food preparation, Kinect-Ed, Young adolescent intervention, Young adolescent/parent dyad



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Recently, public health messaging has included having more family meals and involving young adolescents (YAs) with meal preparation in order to improve healthful diets and family dinner frequency (FDF). Kinect-Ed, a nutrition education program included a motivational presentation created to encourage YAs (grades 6-8) to help with meal preparation and ultimately improve FDF. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the Kinect-Ed presentation, correlations between YA/parent dyad responses, and to determine parents' perception of the Kinect-Ed. Participants consisted of YAs (n=113), and dyads (n=219) from the Niagara Region. Kinect-Ed successfully improved participants' FDF, food preparation frequency, self-efficacy for cooking, and food preparation techniques; furthermore, scheduling was found to have the biggest effect on FDF. Therefore, encouraging YAs to get involved in the kitchen may reduce the time needed from parents to prepare meals, which may minimize scheduling issues, and allow more time for frequent family dinners.