ERIC Number: EJ1124558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Eating Well While Dining Out: Collaborating with Local Restaurants to Promote Heart Healthy Menu Items
Thayer, Linden M.; Pimentel, Daniela C.; Smith, Janice C.; Garcia, Beverly A.; Sylvester, Laura Lee; Kelly, Tammy; Johnston, Larry F.; Ammerman, Alice S.; Keyserling, Thomas C.
American Journal of Health Education, v48 n1 p11-21 2017
Background: Because Americans commonly consume restaurant foods with poor dietary quality, effective interventions are needed to improve food choices at restaurants. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to design and evaluate a restaurant-based intervention to help customers select and restaurants promote heart healthy menu items with healthful fats and high-quality carbohydrates. Methods: The intervention included table tents outlining 10 heart healthy eating tips, coupons promoting healthy menu items, an information brochure, and link to study website. Pre- and postintervention surveys were completed by restaurant managers and customers completed a brief "intercept" survey. Results: Managers (n = 10) reported that the table tents and coupons were well received, and several noted improved personal nutrition knowledge. Overall, 4214 coupons were distributed with 1244 (30%) redeemed. Of 300 customers surveyed, 126 (42%) noticed the table tents and, of these, 115 (91%) considered the nutrition information helpful, 42 (33%) indicated that the information influenced menu items purchased, and 91 (72%) reported that the information will influence what they order in the future. Discussion: The intervention was well received by restaurant managers and positively influenced menu item selection by many customers. Translation to Health Education Practice: Further research is needed to assess effective strategies for scaling up and sustaining this intervention approach.
Descriptors: Food, Eating Habits, Dining Facilities, Nutrition, Statistical Analysis, Cooperation, Health Promotion, Intervention, Printed Materials, Information Sources, Web Sites, Surveys, Purchasing, Correlation, Health Education, Administrator Attitudes, Hospitality Occupations, Focus Groups, Pilot Projects, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: 5P50HL105184; U48/DP001944