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ERIC Number: EJ833373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Effect of Nutrition Intervention Using a General Nutrition Course for Promoting Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among College Students
Ha, Eun-Jeong; Caine-Bish, Natalie
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v41 n2 p103-109 Mar-Apr 2009
Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of implementing nutrition intervention using a general nutrition class to promote consumption of fruits and vegetables in college students. Design: 3-day food records were collected, verified, and analyzed before and after the intervention. Setting: A midwestern university. Participants: 80 college students, ages 18 to 24, participated in the study. Intervention: The intervention focused on nutrition knowledge related to prevention of chronic diseases, healthful dietary choices increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, dietary feedback, and interactive hands-on activities. Main Outcome Measures: Consumption of: total vegetable, fresh vegetable, starchy vegetable, french fries, vegetable juice, total fruit, fresh fruit, canned fruit, and fruit juice. Analysis: Dependent t test was used to analyze the differences in pre- and posttest. Analysis of variance was used to determine differences in dietary changes between groups. Results: Participants significantly increased consumption of not only total fruits and vegetables (P less than 0.005), but also fresh fruits and vegetables (P less than 0.005). Intake of french fries decreased significantly (P less than 0.05). Females responded better to the intervention than males in increasing vegetable consumption (P less than 0.05). Conclusions and Implications: Class-based nutrition intervention focusing on prevention of chronic diseases is a cost-effective approach to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among college students. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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