Child Care Centers Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen for Healthy Diet

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
1
Effectiveness
1
Safety
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Healthy Diet
Child Care Centers Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen - Other
Eligibility
< 18
All Sexes
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Study Summary

This clinical trial will evaluate the development, implementation, and impact of a central kitchen preparing and serving meals to child care centers in rural Harnett County, North Carolina. The goals of the kitchen are to improve meal quality, reduce workload on child care providers, create a sustainable business model, and provide a source of community economic development. Our evaluation of the Sandhills Central Community Kitchen is important to better understand how this model can be replicated to serve rural communities. We will recruit 20 child care centers (10 intervention and 10 as a control group); we estimate that each child care center will serve 40 children. We will collect baseline data at the beginning of the project from all 20 centers, and will repeat data collection at the end of the project to assess changes. Data will be collected through parent surveys, surveys and interviews with child care center directors, surveys and focus groups with teachers, interviews with the church pastor and community leaders where the kitchen is based, surveys of kitchen staff, nutritional analysis of menu data, collection and analysis of food costs, and through use of the "Veggie Meter" (a non-invasive instrument that assesses changes in intake of fruits and vegetables by measuring skin carotenoids) with child care center children and staff. Our goal is to document the impacts of central kitchens in terms of nutritional and economic benefits in order to create a replicable model.

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

1 Primary · 0 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Will be assessed pre-intervention and one year later.

Will be assessed pre-intervention and one year later.
Change in produce intake

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Child Care Centers Not Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen
1 of 2
Child Care Centers Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

650 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: Child Care Centers Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen · No Placebo Group · N/A

Child Care Centers Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen
Other
Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: Child Care Centers Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen · Intervention Types: Other
Child Care Centers Not Served Meals Prepared by Central KitchenNoIntervention Group · 1 Intervention: Child Care Centers Not Served Meals Prepared by Central Kitchen · Intervention Types:

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: will be assessed pre-intervention and one year later.
Closest Location: North Carolina State University · Raleigh, NC
2017First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Healthy Diet
4 CompletedClinical Trials

Who is running the clinical trial?

Duke UniversityOTHER
2,136 Previous Clinical Trials
3,196,863 Total Patients Enrolled
3 Trials studying Healthy Diet
399 Patients Enrolled for Healthy Diet
North Carolina State UniversityLead Sponsor
26 Previous Clinical Trials
5,273 Total Patients Enrolled
Dara Bloom, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorNorth Carolina State University

Eligibility Criteria

Age < 18 · All Participants · 2 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You are a child enrolled at a child care center that purchases meals from a central kitchen.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.