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Cooking Matters Mobile Application: a meal planning and preparation tool for low-income parents.
Public Health Nutr 2019; 22(12):2220-2227PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To describe low-income parents' and caregivers' perceptions of the Cooking Matters Mobile Application (CM App) meal planning and preparation features.

DESIGN

Explanatory mixed-methods design where data were gathered via online surveys based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Theory of Reasoned Action, followed by telephone interviews.

SETTING

CM App, a mobile phone-based resource geared towards low-income parents and caregivers of young children (pregnancy/infant to age 5 years) for meal planning and preparation, with features based on skills taught in the Cooking Matters course: recipes, shopping list and meal planning.

PARTICIPANTS

Low-income parents and caregivers (survey participants, n 461; interview participants, n 20) who had downloaded the CM App to their smartphone and agreed to participate in the current evaluation.

RESULTS

Attitudes and self-efficacy related to CM App's subject matter and functions (meal planning; recipe use; creating and using a shopping list) were measured via surveys and interviews. Mean (sd) responses were positive towards 'meal planning' and 'shopping and cooking' (4·17 (0·63) and 3·49 (0·86) on a 5-point Likert scale, respectively). Interviewees described meal planning and preparation behaviours as intrinsic, based on habit, and influenced by family preference and food costs. Early adopters of the CM App may already be engaged in and/or are motivated to engage in the targeted health behaviours.

CONCLUSIONS

Users may benefit most from incorporating into their routines new ways to prepare easy, cost-efficient, healthy meals at home that their families will enjoy.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition,8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114,USA.Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition,8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114,USA.Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition,8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114,USA.Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition,8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114,USA.Share Our Strength,Washington, DC,USA.Share Our Strength,Washington, DC,USA.Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition,8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114,USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31084663

Citation

Garvin, Teresa M., et al. "Cooking Matters Mobile Application: a Meal Planning and Preparation Tool for Low-income Parents." Public Health Nutrition, vol. 22, no. 12, 2019, pp. 2220-2227.
Garvin TM, Chiappone A, Boyd L, et al. Cooking Matters Mobile Application: a meal planning and preparation tool for low-income parents. Public Health Nutr. 2019;22(12):2220-2227.
Garvin, T. M., Chiappone, A., Boyd, L., Stern, K., Panichelli, J., Edwards Hall, L. A., & Yaroch, A. L. (2019). Cooking Matters Mobile Application: a meal planning and preparation tool for low-income parents. Public Health Nutrition, 22(12), pp. 2220-2227. doi:10.1017/S1368980019001101.
Garvin TM, et al. Cooking Matters Mobile Application: a Meal Planning and Preparation Tool for Low-income Parents. Public Health Nutr. 2019;22(12):2220-2227. PubMed PMID: 31084663.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cooking Matters Mobile Application: a meal planning and preparation tool for low-income parents. AU - Garvin,Teresa M, AU - Chiappone,Alethea, AU - Boyd,Lisa, AU - Stern,Katie, AU - Panichelli,Jill, AU - Edwards Hall,Leigh Ann, AU - Yaroch,Amy L, Y1 - 2019/05/14/ PY - 2019/5/16/pubmed PY - 2019/5/16/medline PY - 2019/5/16/entrez KW - Cooking KW - Health behaviour KW - Meals KW - Mobile applications KW - Smartphone SP - 2220 EP - 2227 JF - Public health nutrition JO - Public Health Nutr VL - 22 IS - 12 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To describe low-income parents' and caregivers' perceptions of the Cooking Matters Mobile Application (CM App) meal planning and preparation features. DESIGN: Explanatory mixed-methods design where data were gathered via online surveys based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Theory of Reasoned Action, followed by telephone interviews. SETTING: CM App, a mobile phone-based resource geared towards low-income parents and caregivers of young children (pregnancy/infant to age 5 years) for meal planning and preparation, with features based on skills taught in the Cooking Matters course: recipes, shopping list and meal planning. PARTICIPANTS: Low-income parents and caregivers (survey participants, n 461; interview participants, n 20) who had downloaded the CM App to their smartphone and agreed to participate in the current evaluation. RESULTS: Attitudes and self-efficacy related to CM App's subject matter and functions (meal planning; recipe use; creating and using a shopping list) were measured via surveys and interviews. Mean (sd) responses were positive towards 'meal planning' and 'shopping and cooking' (4·17 (0·63) and 3·49 (0·86) on a 5-point Likert scale, respectively). Interviewees described meal planning and preparation behaviours as intrinsic, based on habit, and influenced by family preference and food costs. Early adopters of the CM App may already be engaged in and/or are motivated to engage in the targeted health behaviours. CONCLUSIONS: Users may benefit most from incorporating into their routines new ways to prepare easy, cost-efficient, healthy meals at home that their families will enjoy. SN - 1475-2727 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/31084663/Cooking_Matters_Mobile_Application:_a_meal_planning_and_preparation_tool_for_low-income_parents L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1368980019001101/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -