Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, Dr. Quatromoni partnered with KidsCOOK Productions of Cambridge, MA to create, deliver and test an innovative digital nutrition education curriculum designed for students in middle school. The result was KickinNutrition.TV, an interactive on-line platform that educates, entertains, and empowers school-age children to make healthier food and lifestyle choices and to be agents of change at home. Dr. Quatromoni led the research that evaluated KickinNutrition.TV in Massachusetts and New York City, reaching over 1,300 middle-school students. The program is now available nationwide, reaching tens of thousands of students annually.

The Specific Aims of the KickinNutrition.TV project:

  1. develop and produce all components of the comprehensive KickinNutrition.TV curriculum, including six digital classroom lessons, all of the in-class educational materials, the KickinNutrition.TV interactive website and StudenTopia, an on-line adventure game
  2. evaluate the feasibility of KickinNutrition.TV, a multi-media digitally produced nutrition education curriculum, in public school wellness education for middle-school students
  3. test the effectiveness of KickinNutrition.TV compared to a traditional implementation of nutrition education curriculum content delivered using non-digital curriculum materials for middle-school students