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The objective of this quasi-experimental research was to assess the effects of health promotion program for healthy eating behavior on grade 4 students. The study sample was 61 students in one school in Nonthaburi province. One class with 31 students randomly assigned to the experimental group, and a further 30 students were selected for the control group. The experimental group received the health promotion program applying Social Cognitive theory (SCT) for healthy eating, for 8 weeks. These activities were comprised of knowledge enhancement by lecture with slides and video, doing group work with work sheets, discussion and presentation. Food cooking practices developed skills for the selection of suitable food; role-playing; learning from live and symbolic models; essay; painting; receiving social support from the researchers; and building a portfolio notebook to be sent to their parents. Data was collected before and after experimentation using a self-administered questionnaire, analyzed using paired sample t-test and independent sample t-test, and was expressed as frequency, percent, mean and standard deviation.
Results of the study showed that, after the experiment, that experimental group gained significantly higher outcome expectation, and healthy eating behavior, than they had before the experimental, and higher than that of the comparison (p<0.05).
It concluded that this healthy eating behavior program positively effects the outcome expectation and healthy eating behavior among students. Therefore, it should be applied to other students groups in a similar context to enhance better healthy eating for better health.
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