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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 May;48(5):336-342.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.02.011. Epub 2016 Mar 23.

If You Build It They Will Come: Satisfaction of WIC Participants With Online and Traditional In-Person Nutrition Education.

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1
Nutrition Policy Institute, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, CA. Electronic address: leau@ucanr.edu.
2
Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC, Irwindale, CA.
3
Nutrition Policy Institute, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine satisfaction with in-person group and online nutrition education and compare findings based on language preference by Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants.

METHODS:

A total of 1,170 WIC participants were randomly assigned to 2 nutrition education modalities between March, 2014 and October, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. Logistic regressions compared differences between groups in satisfaction outcomes.

RESULTS:

Participants in both education groups were highly satisfied regardless of modality of nutrition education (89% and 95%; P = .01). The online group reported a stronger preference for online education than did the in-person group (P < .001). In the in-person group, Spanish-speaking participants were less likely than were English-speaking participants to prefer online education (P < .001). A training video improved access to online education.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Online delivery of education can be an acceptable addition for WIC participants with online access. High-quality online education platforms represent an important avenue to promote continued satisfaction with nutrition education.

KEYWORDS:

Hispanic; WIC; in-person education; nutrition education; online education

PMID:
27017051
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2016.02.011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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