Power of Peanuts School Feeding

  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Washington University School of Medicine
Updated on 3 October 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


This will be a two-phase protocol. Phase 1 will include the development of the peanut-based school food, and a small formative research study on the acceptability and consumption of the school food study intervention. This will occur at 1 of the 5 schools in the Mion district, 60 school aged children between 6-12 years old will be recruited to participate in a 3 week consumption and acceptability study. An integral part of the food development process is acceptability testing. A child must like and want to eat a new food if it is to be consumed as prescribed and effective in potential improving linear growth and cognitive performance. This study will confirm that food developed for the school feeding clinical trial will be consumed as dosed and what additional snack food offerings may be useful in encouraging consumption. Phase 2 will be a randomized, investigator blinded, controlled clinical effectiveness trial of a peanut-based school meal with and without milk powder compared to a control meal on linear growth and cognitive performance. Up to 1,000, 6 to 12 years old, healthy, enrolled in P1 or KG2 level classes at 5 selected schools in the Mion district will be randomized to receive one of three school foods, a peanut-based food with milk, the same peanut-based food without milk and a control group composed of commonly available tuber/cereal. The sample size accounts for 25% attrition for a final sample size of 750 with a total 250 eligible children enrolled in each group. Enrolled children will receive the meal daily during the school lunch period for an entire school year. At enrolment, anthropometric measurements and body composition data will be collected and a tablet- based and language independent cognitive test will be administered. Participants will receive a token of appreciation at after their enrolment testing and at the completion of the study. The primary outcomes will be change in height-for-age z score and change in cognitive performance on tests using the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated battery. The secondary outcomes will be change in body mass index, change in anthropometric measurements, and change in other body compositions measurements measured by bioelectrical impedance.

Condition School Feeding Programs, Nutrition Supplements
Treatment standard meal, School food ready-to-use, School food ready-to-use plus Milk
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04349007
SponsorWashington University School of Medicine
Last Modified on3 October 2022

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