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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 May-Jun;47(3):265-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.01.006. Epub 2015 Mar 2.

About Eating: an online program with evidence of increased food resource management skills for low-income women.

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1
Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Electronic address: lohseb@psu.edu.
2
Department of Health Policy & Administration, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
3
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
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Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Produce and evaluate About Eating (AE), an online program for low-income women aligned with the Satter eating competence model, congruent with best practices for nutrition education of low-income audiences.

METHODS:

Responses from iterative cognitive interviews and online surveys with diverse samples of low-income women informed lesson revisions. The researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial of AE with low-income women to determine its impact on dietary behavior and food security.

RESULTS:

In all, 284 women reviewed at least 1 AE lesson and endorsed it. After AE, women (n = 288) increased in use of food resource management skills (eg, using a budget [P = .008] and planning meals to include all food groups [P = .002]). About Eating participants who were food secure had more confidence in managing money for food (P = .002) and keeping track of food-related purchases (P = .02) than food-insecure persons.

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Mixed-methods research with life stage and geodiverse samples confirmed the usefulness of AE. Food security assessment may enhance interpretation of intervention effectiveness.

KEYWORDS:

food management; food security; low income; nutrition education; online education

PMID:
25744780
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2015.01.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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