A system that promotes healthy eating habits in preschoolers
Park, Ga Bin
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According to The Future of Children, increasing rates of low nutritious food, energy dense, high caloric, consumption among children is one of the many causes leading to serious health risks of children get older (Daniels, 2006). This research focuses on how designing of a system that can promote healthy eating by guiding parents to educate and instill healthy eating habits in their preschoolers ages 3-5 at home. Some known causes of unhealthy eating habits and current methods promoting healthy eating are used to brainstorm a product concept: A parent cookbook and child cookbook. The concept is then used as an interviewing tool. Interviews and questionnaires are conducted with parents of preschoolers to understand their decision making related to food consumption and what rituals they are accustomed to, and their expectations in order to design an effective set of cookbooks. Qualitative data guides the discussion of concept refinement and the proposition of a product as one prevention method.