Oscar and Sophies’ vegetable friends 

ESR8 Andreia and her supervisor, Jessica Aschemann-Witzel developed a storybook to increase children and fathers’ willingness to try new vegetables and spices.  

The book is a strategy to address barriers for healthy eating among Danish families. In previous investigation Danish mothers indicated child’s and partner’s resistance to try new vegetables as a constraint for a more varied diet in the household (Moura & Aschemann-Witzel, 2020) 

Storybooks with real pictures of vegetables were found to be simple strategy to increase willingness to try an unfamiliar vegetable by pre-scholars (Nekitsing, Blundell-Birtill, Cockroft, Fildes, & Hetherington, 2019). 

The book is available (in Danish) for download here, or click on the picture below. 

Oscar and Sophies’ vegetable friends has been successfully applied as part of an intervention with 15 Danish families. 




Moura, A. F., & Aschemann-Witzel, J. (2020). A downturn or a window of opportunity? How Danish and French parents perceive changes in healthy eating in the transition to parenthood. Appetite. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2020.104658 

Nekitsing, C., Blundell-Birtill, P., Cockroft, J. E., Fildes, A., & Hetherington, M. M. (2019). Increasing intake of an unfamiliar vegetable in preschool children through learning using storybooks and sensory play: a cluster randomized trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 119(12), 2014-2027.  


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