The Food-based Early Education (FEEd) Lab's (www.thefeedlab.org) research focuses on childhood overweight prevention by improving early childhood teachers' food and nutrition education strategies when working with children (birth-5 years) and their families. Food and nutrition education strategies include providing teacher professional development (personal wellness and pedagogy), developing evidence-based integrative STEAM learning curricula for classroom environments, and working with local, state, and national partners to expand programming. Dr. Stage's work is guided by the CDC's Social Ecological Model for Food and Physical Activity Decisions, and uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine these areas of research.
Current and past research in Dr. Stage's Food-based Early Education (FEEd) Lab has focused on: