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Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design


Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences



To describe the impact of the iCook 4-H intervention study based on data gathered through ripple effect mapping focus groups through an explorative approach.


Youth–adult dyads responded about ways in which iCook had affected the individual, family, and community. Three questions were asked: (1) What were people doing differently as a result of iCook? (2) Who benefited from iCook and how? (3) Were there changes in the way community groups and institutions did things as a result of iCook?


Ripple effect mapping sessions took place across 5 states (Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia).


Seventy dyad participants (n = 35 youth, n = 35 adults) from the iCook 4-H intervention.

Main Outcome Measure

Three core themes of iCook 4-H were assessed: cooking, eating, and playing together.


Direct content analysis and word frequencies were used.


Seven categories emerged: improved health, increased community involvement, increased knowledge, increased communication, changed motivation, financial mindfulness, and increased appreciation for family. An overarching theme that was determined was that learning new skills together through trying new things (cooking, eating, and playing) leads to positive individual family and community change.

Conclusions and Implications

Ripple effect mapping was effective in determining the perceived impact of iCook 4-H on oneself, family, and community.

Source Citation

Olfert, M. D., King, S. J., Hagedorn, R. L., Barr, M. L., Baker, B. A., Colby, S. E., Kattelmann, K. K., Franzen-Castle, L., & White, A. A. (2019). Ripple Effect Mapping Outcomes of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program From Youth and Adult Dyads Using a Qualitative Approach: iCook 4-H. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51(3), S41–S51.


Copyright 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier, Inc. on behalf of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. This is an open access article under the CC BY license. (http://

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