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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018 Jun;50(6):638-644. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2018.02.005. Epub 2018 Apr 3.

Healthy Choices for Every Body Adult Curriculum Improves Participants' Food Resource Management Skills and Food Safety Practices.

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1
Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Electronic address: Lola.adedokun@uky.edu.
2
Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
3
Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; College of Social Work, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the impact of the University of Kentucky's Healthy Choices for Every Body (HCEB) adult nutrition education curriculum on participants' food resource management (FRM) skills and food safety practices.

METHODS:

A quasi-experimental design was employed using propensity score matching to pair 8 intervention counties with 8 comparison counties. Independent-samples t tests and ANCOVA models compared gains in FRM skills and food safety practices between the intervention and comparison groups (n = 413 and 113, respectively).

RESULTS:

Propensity score matching analysis showed a statistical balance and similarities between the comparison and intervention groups. Food resource management and food safety gain scores were statistically significantly higher for the intervention group (P < .001), with large effect sizes (d = 0.9) for both variables. The group differences persisted even after controlling for race and age in the ANCOVA models.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

The HCEB curriculum was effective in improving the FRM skills and food safety practices of participants.

KEYWORDS:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed); food resource management; food safety practices; program evaluation

PMID:
29625915
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2018.02.005

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