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Early childhood education and care-based healthy eating interventions for improving child diet: a systematic review protocol

Most young children in high-income countries attend some form of early childhood education and care (ECEC), making them a great setting for interventions that aim to improve young children’s eating habits. This paper describes a protocol for a systematic review to find out if these interventions improve young children’s diets and if this improves their weight, heart disease risk, cognition, mental health, and quality of life. The review will also look at the cost of the interventions and any negative effects.

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Jackson J, Wolfenden L, Grady A, Lum M, Leonard A, McCrabb S, Hall A, Pearson N, Barnes C, Yoong SL. Early childhood education and care-based healthy eating interventions for improving child diet: a systematic review protocol. Systematic reviews. 2020 Dec;9(1):1-9. https://systematicreviewsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13643-020-01440-4  Study is also available here.