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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 Mar-Apr;47(2):162-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.011. Epub 2014 Sep 23.

Exploring nutrition education resources and barriers, and nutrition knowledge in teachers in California.

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1
Center for Nutrition in Schools, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA.
2
Center for Nutrition in Schools, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA. Electronic address: sazidenbergcherr@ucdavis.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine barriers to nutrition education, nutrition education resources used, and the relationship between nutrition knowledge and whether public school teachers in California teach nutrition in the classroom.

METHODS:

A total of 102 teachers in California participated in a Web-based survey about nutrition education barriers, resources used to plan nutrition lessons, and factors that would encourage inclusion of nutrition. A validated questionnaire was used to assess nutrition knowledge. Analyses included ordinary least-squares regression.

RESULTS:

Common barriers were lack of instructional time and unrelated subject. Teachers were unaware of many nutrition education resources. Nutrition knowledge was not associated with nutrition lessons but was positively associated with teaching high school (β = 5.13; P < .05) and female gender (β = 6.78; P < .05), and negatively associated with identifying as Hispanic or Latino (β = -15.50; P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Barriers of time and lack of unrelated subject matter are difficult to address but lack of awareness of resources indicates that promotion of existing resources may encourage teachers to provide nutrition education. Larger studies are needed to determine whether this holds true in a broader sample.

KEYWORDS:

nutrition education; nutrition knowledge; school nutrition; teachers

PMID:
25257845
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2014.06.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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