International Journal of Home Economics, Hospitality and Allied Research
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Intervention Measures for Proper Food Intake and Healthy Living amongst 5-12 Years Old Children in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria

Obiageli Ann Ezeonyia1, Ann Ifeoma Asouzu1*
1Department of Home Economics, Hospitality and Tourism, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, 5047, Rivers State, Nigeria
*Correspondence: Ann I. Asouzu, Department of Home Economics, Hospitality and Tourism, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, 5047, Rivers State, Nigeria (Email: d.ashara82@gmail.com).

Abstract: This study examined, from the perspective of health professionals, the potential benefits of intervention measures promoting proper food intake and healthy living among children aged 5 to 12 years. Survey methodology was utilized for this study. The entire health staff of the Warri South Local Government Area in Delta State, Nigeria, comprising 291 individuals, comprised the study population. 165 respondents constituted the study's sample. A structured questionnaire using a four-point rating scale—Very High Extent (VHE), High Extent (HE), Low Extent (LE), and Very Low Extent (VLE)—with values of 4, 3, 2, and 1 was the instrument for data collection. For data analysis pertaining to the research questions, mean and standard deviation were utilized. A mean score of 2.5 represented the decision level. Results revealed that campaigns opposing excessive cassava flakes consumption could help to reduce the risk of eye problems and cancer in children, prevent inadequate nutrient intake, decrease the likelihood of obesity, and promote healthy growth, among others. Effective campaigns against improper food intake should be spearheaded by churches, community-based groups and organizations, and conducted in collaboration with families, particularly parents.
Keywords: Children, Families, Food Intake, Healthy Living, Toxicity

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Publication date:

2023-12-06

DOI

https://doi.org/10.57012/ijhhr.v2n2.002

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17-27

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Ezeonyia, O.A., & Asouzu, A.I. (2023). Intervention Measures for Proper Food Intake and Healthy Living amongst 5-12 Years Old Children in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. International Journal of Home Economics, Hospitality and Allied Research, 2(2), 17-27. https://doi.org/10.57012/ijhhr.v2n2.002