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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2006 Jul-Aug;38(4):222-9.

wichealth.org: impact of a stages of change-based Internet nutrition education program.

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Western Michigan University, Department of HPER, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, USA. robert.bensley@wmich.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the usefulness and impact of on stage of change associated with 8 WIC client nutrition issues.

DESIGN:

Cross-sectional design. Data were collected through an online survey and via Web pages visited by clients for each module.

SETTING:

intervention and data collection are Internet-based.

PARTICIPANTS:

39,541 WIC participants from 7 states completed a module and online survey. Subjects were likely between the ages of 18 and 34, residing in Michigan, Illinois, or Indiana, and accessing the Internet from home.

INTERVENTIONS:

Intervention included 5 online modules focusing on parent-child feeding behaviors.

VARIABLES MEASURED:

Impact variables included stage of change movement, user belief in ability to engage in behavior, and perception of site usefulness.

ANALYSIS:

Data were reported using frequency, ANOVA (analysis of variance) (P < . 01), and chi-square (P < .01) analyses.

RESULTS:

Movement in stage was greatest for the "picky eater" (PE) module. Contemplation as the beginning stage had the greatest stage movement. Participants responded well to all measures of site usefulness. User belief in ability to engage in behavior was associated with 7 of the 8 modules.

IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH AND PRACTICE:

is a highly popular and viable method for impacting movement in stage of change with a number of parent-child feeding issues.

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PMID:
16785091
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2006.03.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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