Our Publications

The HEROs Study

Bellows, L.L, McCloskey, M., Clark, L., Thompson, D.A., Bekelman, T.A., Chamberlin, B., & Johnson, S.L. (In press). "HEROs: Design of a Mixed-Methods Formative Research Phase for an Ecocultural Intervention to Promote Healthy Eating and Activity Behaviors in Rural Families With Preschoolers." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (2018).

McCloskey, M., Johnson, S.L., Benz, C., Thompson, D.A., Chamberlin, B., Clark, L., Bellows, L.L. Parent Perceptions of Mobile Device Use among Preschool-Aged Children in Rural Head Start Centers. J Nutr Educ Behav. 50.1 (2018): 83-39.

Bekelman, Traci A., Laura L. Bellows, and Susan L. Johnson. "Are Family Routines Modifiable Determinants of Preschool Children’s Eating, Dietary Intake, and Growth? A Review of Intervention Studies." Current Nutrition Reports (2017): 1-19.

The LEAP Study

Bellows, L. L., Davies, P. L., Courtney, J. B., Gavin, W. J., Johnson, S. L., & Boles, R. E. (2017). Motor skill development in low-income, at-risk preschoolers: A community-based longitudinal intervention study. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Bellows, L.L, Conlon, T.*, Cunningham-Sabo, L., Johnson, S.L. (2015). Opportunities in the Classroom or Cafeteria for a "Tasting Challenge" to Influence First Grade Students' Willingness to Try New Foods. Journal of Child Nutrition Management [Online], 39(2).

Johnson, S.L., Davies, P.L., Boles, R.E., Gavin, W.J., Bellows, L.L. (2015). Young children’s food neophobia characteristics and sensory behaviors are related to their food intake. Journal of Nutrition, 145(11), 2610-2616 doi: 10.3945/jn.115.217299.

Boles, R.E., Burdell, A.*, Johnson, S.L., Gavin, W.J., Davies, P.L., Bellows, L.L. (2014) Home food and activity assessment: Development and validation of an instrument for diverse families of young children. Appetite. 80, 23-27. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.04.026

Bellows, L.L., Johnson, S.L., Davies, P.L., Anderson, J., Gavin, W.J., Boles, R.E. (2013). The Colorado LEAP Study: Rationale and design of a study to assess the short term longitudinal effectiveness of a preschool nutrition and physical activity program. BMC Public Health. 13:1146. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-1146

Food Friends – Fun with New Foods

Bellows L., Spaeth A.*, Lee, V, Anderson J. (2013). Exploring the use of Storybooks to Reach Mothers of Preschoolers with Nutrition and Physical Activity Messages. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 45(4), 362-367. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2012.10.011

Johnson, S.L., Bellows, L., Beckstrom, L., Anderson, J. (2007). Evaluation of a Social Marketing Campaign Targeting Preschool Children. American Journal of Health Behavior, 31(1): 44-55.

Bellows, L., Anderson, J. (2006). The Food Friends: Encouraging Preschoolers to Try New Foods. Young Children, 61(3), 37-39.

Bellows, L., Cole, K., Anderson, J. (2006). Assessing Characteristics, Needs, and Preferences of Secondary Audience for the Development of a Bilingual Parent Component to the Food Friends Social Marketing Campaign. Social Marketing Quarterly, 7(2):43-57.

Bellows, L., Cole, K., Anderson, J. (2006). Family Fun with New Foods: A Parent Component to the Food Friends Social Marketing Campaign. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 38:123-124.

Young, L., Anderson, J., Beckstrom, L., Bellows, L., Johnson, S.L. (2004). Using Social Marketing Principles to Guide the Development of a Nutrition Education Initiative for Preschool-aged Children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 36:250-257.

Young, L., Anderson, J., Beckstrom, L., Bellows, L., Johnson, S.L. (2003). Making New Foods Fun for Kids. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 35:337-338.

Food Friends – Get Movin’ with Mighty Moves

Bellows, L, Anderson, J. (2013) The Food Friends: Get Movin’ with Mighty Moves – A Physical Activity Program for Preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 45(5), 473-475. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.01.024

Bellows L, Davies, P, Anderson J, Kennedy, C. (2013). Physical Activity and Gross Motor Performance: A Randomized Intervention Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67(1), 28-36. DOI:10.5014/ajot.2013.005777

Bellows L, Silvernail, S*, Bryant, A.*, Caldwell, L.*, Kennedy, C, Davies, P, Anderson J. (2011). Parental Perception on the Efficacy of a Physical Activity Program for Preschoolers. Journal of Community Health, 36(2):231-237.

Bellows L, Anderson J, Davies, P, Kennedy, C. (2009). Integration of Social Marketing Elements in the Design of a Physical Activity Program for Preschoolers. Social Marketing Quarterly, 15(1): 2-21.

Bellows L, Anderson J, Gould, SM, Auld, G. (2008). Formative Research and Strategic Development of a Physical Activity Component to a Social Marketing Campaign for Obesity Prevention in Preschoolers. Journal Community Health, 33(3):169-78.

Health Communications / Live Eat Play

Clyatt, E.*, Shackelton, E., Bellows, L. (2015). The Impact of Visuals on Nutrition and Health Education Materials. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 3(3), 151-152.

Niebaum, K.*, Cunningham-Sabo, L., Carroll, J., Bellows, L. (2015). Infographics: An Innovative Tool to Capture Consumers’ Attention. Journal of Extension. [Online], 53(6) Tools of the Trade 6TOT8.

Bellows, L., Shackelton, E., Clifford, J. (2015). Using Consumer Input to Guide the Development of a Nutrition and Health Website. Journal of Extension [Online], 53(5) Feature 5FEA7.

Moore, R.*, Shackelton, E., Bellows, L. (2015). Using Search Engine Optimization Techniques to Enhance the Visibility of Web-based Extension Fact Sheets. Journal of Extension [Online], 53(2) Article 2FEA10.

Niebaum, K.*, Cunningham-Sabo, L., Bellows, L. (2015). Developing Effective Educational Materials Using Best Practices in Health Literacy. Journal of Extension.

Other Research

Taylor, W.C., Paxton, R.J., Fischer, L.S., Bellows, L.L. (2015). The Healthy Weight Disparity Index: Why We Need It to Solve the Obesity Crisis. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 26(4), 1186-1199. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2015.0132

Hibbs-Shipp, S.*, Milholland, M.*, Bellows, L.L. (2015). Barriers and Facilitators to Healthy Eating and Activity in Head Start Staff: An Opportunity for Worksite Wellness. American Journal of Health Education, 46 (6), 347-350. doi: 10.1080/19325037.2015.1077488

Friedl, K.E., Rowe, S., Bellows, L.L., Johnson, S.L., Hetherington, M.M., de Froidmont-Gortz, I.B., Hubbard, V.S. (2014). Priorities for Research on Consumer Food Behaviors and Healthy Eating. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(5), 445-450. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.05.002