Date of Award

Summer 8-3-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Anita Nucci

Second Advisor

Jessica Todd


Type 1 diabetes is a disease that requires intensive medical and lifestyle management to avoid short- and long-term complications commonly associated with the disease. Dietary changes are often difficult to implement due to taste preferences, convenience, time constraints, peer pressure, poor quality of food available in the school and/or home environment, lack of cooking skills, and an absence of concern for the impact foods may have on health. The aims of this project are: 1) to conduct a review of the literature to examine previous research on the impact of cooking education for children with type 1 diabetes and their families on food choices that support the management of the disease, and 2) to develop a series of cooking classes that will include recipes that align with nutrition guidelines for this population and common diabetes education topics. The classes will be aimed at helping children and their families find new healthy meal and snack alternatives that will aid in better managing the disease and improving the odds for diabetes-related complications.


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