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CHEERS Publications

CHEERS for Child Care is an evidenced-based valid and reliable tool for early learning and child care programs to measure their food environment. It is the first of its kind in Canada and is now ready for piloting.

The following list provides recent CHEERS for Child Care publications:

Lafave, L., Tyminski, S., Hoy, D., Dexter, B., Riege, T., & Seguin, L. (2015).  
Reliability assessment of the CHEERS child care self-assessment tool. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice & Research, 76(3).

Lafave, L., Tyminski, S., Riege, T., Hoy, D., & Dexter, B. (2016).
Content Validity for a Child Care Self-assessment Tool: Creating Healthy Eating Environments Scale (CHEERS). Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 77(1), 1-4.

Conference Posters

Mohamed, Q., McConnell, C., Webster, A., Van Wyk, N., and Lafave, L. (2021).
Perspectives of early childhood educators in supporting active kids: a qualitative study. Mount Royal University Research and Scholarship Days.
Lafave, L. and Webster, A. (2020).
Concurrent validation of the CHEERS survey and the mindful eating questionnaire. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 45(4): S29.
Lafave, L., Yeo, M., Farebrother, M., Seguin, L., and Riege, T. (2019).
The Role of Professional Learning Communities to Enhance Health Knowledge and Teaching Practice in Early Childhood Educators. European Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (EuroSoTL) Conference. BASEL, SPAIN.
Lafave, L. & Smey-Carston, C. (2018).
Assessment as learning: ECEC educator’s perceptions of the CHEERS self-administered tool. European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference. BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Chan, S., Liu, L., Riege, T., Seguin, L. and Lafave, L. (2018).
Mealtime Conversation in Alberta Child Care Centres: A Needs Assessment Study. Mount Royal University Research and Scholarship Days. CALGARY, CANADA.

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