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Assessing The Effectiveness Of A Nutrition Intervention On College Students: A Pilot Study
Thompson, Shantille Marie
Madanat, HalaTalavera, GregoryLange, James
x, 58 pages : illustrations
This study assessed the effectiveness of a pilot program aimed at improving college students' eating behaviors. Fifty-three undergraduate students aged 18-25 years old from San Diego State University were recruited for the study. Pre and post self-report questionnaires were collected from students that attended the Nutrition Basics Peer Led workshops at the Health Promotion Department of Student Affairs, the Activities and Recreation Center and the residence halls during the spring and fall semesters of 2013. An electronic follow-up survey was sent one month after participation in the workshop. Paired sample t-tests were used to detect differences in perceived norms, attitude, personal agency, and intentions post intervention. A change in knowledge from baseline to post intervention was assessed using a one-way ANOVA. Knowledge retention from post-intervention to one month follow-up was analyzed using the Wilcoxon ranked-sum test. Knowledge at follow-up was also compared to knowledge at baseline using the Wilcoxon ranked-sum test. Participants' eating behaviors at baseline were compared to eating behaviors at follow-up using the Wilcoxon ranked-sum test. There were statistically significant changes in knowledge, personal agency, perceived norms, intentions, and eating behaviors post-intervention and at follow-up. Information from this pilot study can assist the Health Promotion Department of Student Affairs in tailoring future nutrition programming for the college population.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 38-45).
Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
Health and Human Services
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) San Diego State University, 2014
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