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Teaching toddlers to cook boosts self-control and healthy eating habits, new study reveals

In a recent article published in Child Development, researchers presented the findings of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the effects of Recipe 4 Success, a preventive intervention implemented across seven cities, villages, and towns of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in the United States of America (USA).

Study: Promoting toddlers
Study: Promoting toddlers’ self-regulation and healthy eating habits among families living in poverty: A randomized controlled trial of Recipe 4 Success. Image Credit: LightField Studios/

The RCT examined the effects of this intervention on parents’ sensitive scaffolding, responsive food parenting practices, toddlers’ self-regulation, and healthy eating habits.


Recipe 4 Success intended to enhance the benefits of another home visit program called Early Head Start, which aimed at supporting poor families to nurture the social, emotional, and physical health of their young children. 

About the study

In the current RCT, researchers covered 242 parents and their two-year-old toddlers from families who completed

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