An overview of research opportunities to increase the impact of nutrition intervention research in early childhood and education care settings according to the re-aim framework

Sze Lin Yoong, Jannah Jones, Nicole Pearson, Taren Swindle, Courtney Barnes, Tessa Delaney, Melanie Lum, Rebecca Golley, Louisa Matwiejczyk, Bridget Kelly, Erin Kerr, Penelope Love, Emma Esdaile, Dianne Ward, Alice Grady

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Objective: To highlight opportunities for future nutrition intervention research within early childhood and education care (ECEC) settings, with a focus on generating evidence that has applicability to real-world policy and practice. Methods: An overview of opportunities to progress the field was developed by the authors using a collaborative writing approach and informed by recent research in the field. The group developed a list of recommendations aligned with the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance (RE-AIM) framework. Pairs of authors drafted individual sections of the manuscript, which were then reviewed by a separate pair. The first and senior author consolidated all sections of the manuscript and sought critical input on the draft iterations of the manuscript. Results: Interventions that employ digital platforms (reach) in ECEC settings, as well as research in the family day care setting (effectiveness) were identified as areas of opportunities. Research understanding the determinants of and effective strategies for dissemination (adoption), the implementation of nutrition programs, in addition to de-implementation (implementation) of inappropriate nutrition practices, is warranted. For maintenance, there is a need to better understand sustainability and the sustainment of interventions, in addition to under-taking policy-relevant research. Conclusions: The ECEC setting is prime for innovative and practi-cal nutrition intervention research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2745
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Mar 2021


  • Child day care centres
  • ECEC
  • Family day care
  • Implementation science
  • Intervention
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • RE-AIM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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