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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Jul - Aug;49(7 Suppl 2):S186-S191.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.11.003.

Exploring the Potential for Technology-Based Nutrition Education Among WIC Recipients in Remote Alaska Native Communities.

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1
Center for Alaska Native Health Research and the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK.
2
Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawaii.
3
Center for Alaska Native Health Research and the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK. Electronic address: abersamin@alaska.edu.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Estimate media technology use in Alaska Native communities to inform the feasibility of technology-based nutrition education.

METHODS:

A self-administered questionnaire was mailed to a random selection of about 50% of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) authorized representatives in remote Alaska Native communities (n = 975). Media technology use, interest in media technology-based nutrition education, and potential barriers were assessed. Chi-square tests were used to investigate associations among technology use, age, and education.

RESULTS:

Technology use was common among respondents (n = 368); use was significantly more common among younger age groups and participants with a higher level of education. Smartphone (78.8%) and Facebook (95.8%) use was comparable to national averages, but having a computer at home (38.4%) was much less likely. Less than 50% of participants have Internet access at home.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Findings shed light on new opportunities for WIC and other programs to deliver nutrition education to Alaska Native people in remote communities.

KEYWORDS:

Alaska Native; WIC; eHealth; nutrition education; social media

PMID:
28689556
PMCID:
PMC5505314
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2016.11.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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