Peer-led, school-based nutrition education for young adolescents: feasibility and process evaluation of the TEENS study.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

Peer education has become a popular strategy for health promotion interventions with adolescents, but it has not been used widely in school-based nutrition education. This paper describes and reports on the feasibility of the peer leader component of a school-based nutrition intervention for young adolescents designed to increase fruit and vegetable intakes and lower fat foods. About 1,000 seventh-grade students in eight schools received the nutrition intervention. Of these, 272 were trained as peer leaders to assist the teacher in implementing the activities. Results from a multicomponent process evaluation based on peer leader and classroom student feedback, direct classroom observation, and teacher ratings and interviews are presented. Results show that peer-led nutrition education approaches in schools are feasible and have high acceptability among peer leaders, classroom students, and teachers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Story, M; Lytle, LA; Birnbaum, AS; Perry, CL

Published Date

  • March 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 127

PubMed ID

  • 11962228

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4391

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2002.tb06529.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States