Date on Honors Thesis

Fall 11-16-2022



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Tonia Mailow, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Janice Thurmond, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Nancy Armstrong, Committee Member


Childhood obesity has become a cause for concern among many nutrition experts. Childhood obesity can contribute to several health problems such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure. The large percentage of children affected with childhood obesity suggests a lack of essential nutrition education in our country. Junk food consumption and inadequate intake of the USDA’s MyPlate food groups have become essential areas for intervention. Multiple school-based nutrition education interventions have been explored to improve both children’s nutrition knowledge and improve healthy eating behaviors. “Pick Your Plate” is a nutrition education study designed to improve nutrition knowledge regarding junk food consumption, benefits of fruits and vegetables, and understanding the portions suggested by MyPlate. The study also intended to consequently improve children’s dietary intake and encourage healthy mindful eating behaviors. The results of this study suggest that school-based nutrition education has a significant and positive impact on nutrition knowledge.