Objective: To evaluate the impact of a youth-led nutrition intervention on youth-leaders themselves Design: Mixed methods, including: in-depth interviews and a quasi-experimental quantitative study comparing youth-leaders and nonparticipant comparison youth Analysis: Qualitative analysis using direct content analysis. Difference-in-differences analyses assessing quantitative program impact. Results: Youth-leaders perceived that the intervention impacted themselves, the youth-participants, and their respective social networks. Youth-leaders experienced greater increases in intentions to eat healthfully (p = .04), and greater decreases in support for healthy eating from their friends (p = .01), than the comparison group. Conclusions/Implications: Youth-leaders reported multiple levels of intervention impact, and increased intentions for healthy eating; however, additional research is needed to enhance impact on behavioral outcomes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health