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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(4):324-30. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2011.623333.

My student body: effects of an internet-based prevention program to decrease obesity among college students.

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Department of Health Science and Human Ecology, California State University San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA 92407, USA. rlachaus@csusb.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the impact of My Student Body (MSB)-Nutrition, an Internet-based obesity prevention program for college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

Three hundred and twenty ethnically diverse undergraduate students were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: MSB-Nutrition program, an on-campus weight management course, and a comparison group.

METHODS:

Students completed baseline and follow-up surveys regarding their nutrition and physical activity behaviors, self-efficacy, stress, attitudes, and body weight.

RESULTS:

Compared with the on-campus course and a comparison group, the MSB-Nutrition program increased fruit and vegetable consumption, reduced stress, and increased fruit and vegetable self-efficacy but had no significant effect on students' exercise self-efficacy, exercise behavior, or weight loss.

CONCLUSIONS:

The MSB-Nutrition program was effective in changing students' nutrition behaviors but had no effect on physical activity behaviors or weight loss. Suggestions for improving Internet-based interventions aimed at decreasing obesity rates among college students are offered.

PMID:
22559092
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2011.623333
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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