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and twelve exposures to each target vegetable. Our results indicate that children’s
willingness to try the vegetables increases and so does their positive reaction to each
vegetable. While some vegetables—for example, carrots and beans—are more famil-
iar at the outset, children’s preference for all six target vegetables showed a significant
increase at the program’s conclusion.
Other aspects of the research involve gathering feedback from families and class-
room teachers. (Chapter 5 includes examples of our feedback forms, and chapter 13
contains a more detailed explanation of the research and a summary of our results.)
Now that you have an overview of the Early Sprouts philosophy and approach,
you are ready to learn more about the nutrition concepts that inspired the creation
of the program. The next chapter explores the motivation behind Early Sprouts and
reviews basic nutritional guidelines for young children.
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