Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Family and Consumer Sciences

First Advisor

Arezoo Rojhani

Second Advisor

Ping Ouyang


This thesis explores the key factors impacting the health disparities associated with inadequate fruit and vegetable (FV) consumption in youth throughout America. Forms of nutrition education may be an effective means to increase FV consumption in youth, especially when utilizing specific teaching techniques such as taste education, experiential learning, enhanced curriculum, and adhering to age specific programming. According to the CDC, American students receive less than 8 hours of required nutrition education each school year, far less than the 40 to 50 hours that are indicated to affect behavior change. This signifies a need for increased program development and implementation in youth to potentially improve FV consumption and subsequently minimize the health disparities associated with diets lacking fresh foods.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation