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Cal State Chico studying mindful eating intervention

Researchers at California State University, Chico have received a $149,890, two-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to study the affect of a pilot program for mindful eating on food behaviors among children and families. They hope to gain greater understanding about successful strategies for promoting healthy eating behaviors. The pilot will begin with focus groups comprised of Hispanic and non-Hispanic white parents to gauge their perceptions of mindful eating. Based on that information, the team will develop and implement a mindful eating project, with classroom and home activities, for children in the third through fifth grades. The activities will include games and cooking demonstrations.