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Favorable impact of nutrition education on California WIC families.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20399405     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of coordinated statewide nutrition education on Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) family behavior regarding fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lower-fat milk.
DESIGN: Survey of different cross-sectional samples of WIC families before and after education.
SETTING: Intervention delivered at all WIC sites in California from April-September 2009.
PARTICIPANTS: Random samples of pregnant or postpartum women and/or caregivers of children enrolled in WIC: 3,015 before and 3,004 after coordinated nutrition education.
INTERVENTION: Education directed at families to eat more, and a greater variety of, fruits and vegetables; eat more whole grains; and drink lower-fat milk instead of whole milk.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Data collected by phone interview of women and caregivers on recognition of education messages, intention to consume, and change in family consumption of target food items.
ANALYSIS: Means and frequencies computed. Chi-square and t tests used to compare responses before and after education and for Spanish and English subgroups.
RESULTS: Following nutrition education, women and caregivers reported increased recognition of education messages, positive movement in stage of change for target food items, increased family consumption of fruits and whole grains, and replacement of whole milk with lower-fat milk. Impacts were similar for Spanish and English speakers.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Coordinated nutrition education in WIC can significantly influence consumption toward more healthful food choices.
Lorrene D Ritchie; Shannon E Whaley; Phil Spector; Judy Gomez; Patricia B Crawford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nutrition education and behavior     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1878-2620     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Publication Date:    2010 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-19     Completed Date:  2010-08-10     Revised Date:  2013-01-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132622     Medline TA:  J Nutr Educ Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S2-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Society for Nutrition Education. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cross-Sectional Studies
Diet Surveys
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Maternal-Child Health Centers
Nutritional Sciences / education*
Patient Education as Topic*
Preventive Health Services / methods
Public Assistance
Young Adult
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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2011 Jan-Feb;43(1):72

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