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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611

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DOMINGUEZ RODRIGUEZ, Alejandro; CEBOLLA MARTI, Ausiàs Josep; OLIVER-GASCH, Elia  and  BANOS-RIVERA, Rosa María. Online platforms to teach Nutrition Education to children: a non-systematic review. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.6, pp.1444-1451. ISSN 1699-5198.  http://dx.doi.org/10.20960/nh.808.

Introduction: Childhood obesity is now considered a worldwide problem. Nutrition Education (NE) has been identified as a key factor in preventing overweight and obesity in children. In recent years, there has been an increase in the interest in innovative ways to teach this knowledge to children, mainly through the use of the Internet. Objective: Review and analyze the available evidence about programs focused on NE for children through the use of the Internet. Results: Three different ways were found to deliver NE over the Internet to children: platforms designed to communicate with other peers or professionals; platforms designed to provide NE through the contents included in the web tool; and platforms designed to provide NE through the contents included in the web tool and automated feedback. Most of these programs were effective in achieving the objectives established. Conclusion: Although the use of Internet platforms to teach NE to children has been shown to be effective, the amount of evidence is still scarce. Some of the main advantages the Internet provides are: the opportunity to put the children in contact with education and health professionals; children can keep a record of the food consumed; and it is a more attractive and interesting way for children to learn NE, compared to traditional methods.

Keywords : Nutrition education; Children; Web platforms; Intervention.

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