Participant Insights from a Family-Based Meal Kit Delivery Intervention

Conroy, Denise
Young, Jennifer
Errmann, Amy
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OBJECTIVE: To explore the lived experiences of prediabetic participants in an in-home, family-based meal kit delivery intervention for 12 weeks. Delivered foods followed a plant-dominant pattern, including small meat portions, to encourage long-term adoption of this pattern.

METHODS: Qualitative in-depth individual interviews (n = 21) were undertaken online with 7 pilot participants, at 3-time points (preintervention, during intervention, and postintervention). Three online focus groups were also undertaken postintervention with 12 participants.

RESULTS: Postintervention, most participants reported positive changes in eating patterns and mindset changes enabling future healthier eating. The deliveries inspired enthusiasm for tastier cooking and family involvement. Although participants indicated they felt well-being improvements, they often became focused on the outcome of their physical test results (eg, weight), leading to some disappointment and feelings of failure.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Participant engagement with the intervention was high, but other underlying emotions, outside diet behavior, can affect long-term adoption outcomes. This has implications for designing future interventions.

Family-based intervention , meal kit delivery , participant insights , prediabetic status , Family-based intervention , meal kit delivery , participant insights , prediabetic status , 32 Biomedical and Clinical Sciences , 4206 Public Health , 42 Health Sciences , Clinical Trials and Supportive Activities , Nutrition , Behavioral and Social Science , Prevention , Clinical Research , 3 Prevention of disease and conditions, and promotion of well-being , 3.1 Primary prevention interventions to modify behaviours or promote wellbeing , Cardiovascular , Metabolic and endocrine , Cancer , Stroke , Oral and gastrointestinal , 11 Medical and Health Sciences , 13 Education , 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences , Nutrition & Dietetics , 3210 Nutrition and dietetics , 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy , 4206 Public health
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, ISSN: 0022-3182 (Print); 0022-3182 (Online), Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2023.12.001
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