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Title: Healthy food practical in children with intellectual disabilities
Authors: Bonito, Jorge
Boné, Maria
Keywords: Empowerment
Special needs
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Atención primaria
Citation: Bonito, J., & Boné, M. (2014). Healthy food practical in children with intellectual disabilities. Atención primaria, 46 (Espec Cong 1), 26. [ISSN 0212-6567]
Abstract: Introduction: Obesity is considered by the World Health Organization an epidemic of the XXI century, associated to feedingpractices with scientic evidence. In Portugal, scarce studies about dietary habits among the population with special needs. Objectives: This work aims to develop children with intelectual disabilities positive attitudes towards healthy food and encourage acceptance of a healthy and varied diet as a way to promote health. Methods: The study was developed with six institutionalized students, in the 3rd cycle of basic education, with intellectuals disabilities and took place in daily school life of a school district of Portalegre (Portugal). We adopted the methodology of action research. It was featured the eating habits of the students and evaluated anthropometric measurements. The analysis of information allowed us to elaborate and implement an empowerment program, depending on the speciÀ city of each subject. It was developed a new cycle of observation that allowed us to assess the immediate impact of didactic empowerment sequence. Results: The results point to a favorable change in feeding behavior in the period immediately due to the implementation of the empowerment program. Conclusions: Environmental factors, in middle school, seem to constitute as high facilitators of change of eating habits. We consider appropriate to implement continuous didactic sequences aimed at empowerment of children with intellectual disabilities to healthy eating practices.
ISSN: 0212-6567
Type: article
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