Nutrition teaching model, "Good Nutrition - Key to Healthy Children", to improve knowledge among primary school students


  • Chayanee Rienjongdee Graduate student in Master of Science Program in Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital and Institution of Nutrition, Mahidol University
  • Nalinee Chongviriyaphan Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Umaporn Suthutvoravut Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University
  • Wantanee Kriengsinyos Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Salaya, Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
  • Jintana Sirivarasai Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University


nutrition, teaching model, primary school students


Thailand is experiencing double burden malnutrition. Improving nutrition knowledge in schools using a nutrition teaching model can potentially lead to healthier attitudes and behaviors among students. This study’s objective was to test the effectiveness of the nutrition teaching model "Good Nutrition – Key to Healthy Children" for Grade 3 students in improving their nutrition knowledge. Assigned teachers from 2 public schools in peri-urban areas of Bangkok were trained using printed teaching materials during school breaks. At the beginning of the semester, Grade 3 students took a knowledge pre-test before starting the first topic. Thereafter, the trained teachers conducted the nutrition lessons according to the nutrition teaching model. After the last topic (5 and 8 months after the first topic for School 1 and School 2, respectively), students took a knowledge post-test. Results showed that the mean knowledge scores of 283 students from both schools increased significantly compared to pre-test scores (14.32±3.51 vs 13.14±3.06; p<0.001). Students also had significantly higher mean scores in 4 out of 8 topics (p<0.01), which indicates improved student knowledge. This study’s results suggest advantages in using this nutrition teaching model to improve students' nutrition knowledge.


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Rienjongdee, C., Chongviriyaphan, N., Suthutvoravut, U., Kriengsinyos, W., & Sirivarasai, J. (2022). Nutrition teaching model, "Good Nutrition - Key to Healthy Children", to improve knowledge among primary school students. Journal of Nutrition Association of Thailand, 57(2), 32–42. Retrieved from



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