Previous Research Informing PICNIC

The research which has led to the development of the PICNIC project is outlined in the links below:


Experiences of Parent Peer Nutrition Educators Sharing Child Feeding and Nutrition Information

The aim of this study was to describe the experiences of parents as peer educators disseminating nutrition and child feeding information. Parents of infants aged from birth to three years were trained as peer educators in a face-to-face workshop, and then shared evidence-based child feeding and nutrition information various methods to peers, family and contacts.

Parents ’ Perceptions of Child Feeding: A Qualitative Study Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior

The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate the child-feeding behaviors and attitudes of parents of children aged 2 to 5 years, within the theory of planned behavior (TPB) framework.

Food For Kids Mid North Coast

The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of peer education for disseminating nutrition and child feeding information between parents of babies and young children. This study provides evidence that peer education is an effective approach to disseminating nutrition and child feeding information, which potentially impacts positively on parents feeding practices, children’s feeding behaviours and diet quality.


Peer education is a feasible method of disseminating information related to child nutrition and feeding between new mothers. 

This study examined whether peer education based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour is a feasible method to share and disseminate nutrition and feeding information between mothers of babies and toddlers. High levels of interest in peer educator training and the capacity for mothers to share resources widely and easily via social media offers a potential opportunity to disseminate evidence-based nutrition information.