ERIC Number: ED248255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Summary of the Hawai'i Nutrition Education Needs Assessment.
Lai, Morris K.
The purpose of this study was to determine the needs related to nutrition education in the state of Hawaii. Twenty-four-hour diet recalls were obtained from 932 students in grades 5, 8, and 11. Larger percentages of older children than younger children reported diets poor in nutritional quality. Cholesterol intake of males increased with age and was higher than the intake of females. The mean intakes of sodium among junior and senior high females were within the recommended range, but the average intake in other groups exceeded the recommendation. Candy was a major contributor of sugar in the diets of teenage girls, whereas soft drinks accounted for a substantial portion of the sugar consumed by teenage boys. The energy value of between-meal snacks increased dramatically with age. Senior high students consumed nearly 40 percent of their total energy intake as snacks. Ethnic differences in food intake were also noted. Additional data were collected from teachers, parents, community agencies, school administrators, nurses, food service managers, and food service workers. That part of the needs assessment yielded additional "unhealthy" findings. These results provide a firm basis for development of nutrition education curricula oriented toward the specific needs of the target population. (BW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Curriculum Research and Development Group.
Note: This paper received the 1984 American Educational Research Association Division H award for Best Summary Report. For the full report, see ED 198 150.