ERIC Number: EJ793437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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A Pilot Study of an Online Workplace Nutrition Program: The Value of Participant Input in Program Development
Cousineau, Tara; Houle, Brian; Bromberg, Jonas; Fernandez, Kathrine C.; Kling, Whitney C.
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v40 n3 p160-167 May-Jun 2008
Objective: Tailored nutrition Web programs constitute an emerging trend in obesity prevention. Initial investment in innovative technology necessitates that the target population be well understood. This pilot study's purpose was to determine the feasibility of a workplace nutrition Web program. Design: Formative research was conducted with gaming industry employees and benefits managers to develop a consensus on workplace-specific nutrition needs. A demonstration Web program was piloted with stakeholders to determine feasibility. Setting: Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and New Jersey gaming establishments. Participants: 86 employees, 18 benefits managers. Intervention: Prototype Web program. Main Outcome Measures: Concept mapping; 16-item nutrition knowledge test; satisfaction. Analysis: Concept mapping was used to aggregate importance ratings on programmatic content, which informed Web program curriculum. Chi-square tests were performed postintervention to determine knowledge improvement. Results: (1) Employees and benefits managers exhibited moderate agreement about content priorities for the program (r = 0.48). (2) There was a significant increase in employees' nutrition knowledge scores postintervention (t = 7.16, df = 36, P less than 0.001); those with less knowledge exhibited the greatest gains in knowledge scores (r = -0.647, P less than 0.001). Conclusions and Implications: Employees and benefit managers do not necessarily agree on the priority of nutrition-related content, suggesting a need for programs to appeal to various stakeholders. Computer-based approaches can address various stakeholder health concerns via tailored, customized programming.
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Obesity, Employees, Nutrition, Program Development, Educational Technology, Web Based Instruction, Pilot Projects, Nutrition Instruction, Health Education, Health Promotion, Feasibility Studies, Hospitality Occupations, Administrators, Formative Evaluation, Demonstration Programs, Program Effectiveness, Intervention, Administrator Attitudes, Employee Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana; Mississippi; Nevada; New Jersey