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Fruit and vegetables should be targeted separately in health promotion programmes: differences in consumption levels, barriers, knowledge and stages of readiness for change.
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PMID:  20576194     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to investigate whether fruit and vegetables should be treated as separate groups in health promotion programmes by examining consumption levels, barriers, knowledge and the association between stage of change and potential predictors of fruit and vegetable intake.
DESIGN: Computer-assisted telephone interview survey of the target population.
SETTING: Hunter and New England regions of New South Wales, Australia.
SUBJECTS: A total of 1403 parents and carers of primary-school-aged children.
RESULTS: Consumption levels and knowledge of recommended intakes and serving size were greater for fruit than for vegetables. There were some differences in the main barriers to the consumption of fruit compared with those cited for vegetables. There was little congruence between the stages of change for fruit consumption and those for vegetable consumption. For fruit, knowledge of serving size and recommended intake, perceptions of adequate consumption, changes made to family intake and educational attainment were all correlated with stage of change categorisation. For vegetables, knowledge of recommended intake, perceptions of adequate consumption and changes made to family intake were correlated with stage of change categorisation.
CONCLUSIONS: Significant differences in consumption levels, barriers, knowledge and stages of readiness for change can be shown when fruit and vegetables are treated as separate groups. Health promotion planners may need to consider interventions that focus on improving vegetable consumption in preference to fruit consumption. Messages about the recommended number of servings and serving size must be simplified and this may be achieved by targeting messages towards vegetable consumption.
Colleen Glasson; Kathy Chapman; Erica James
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-06-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nutrition     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1475-2727     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nutr     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9808463     Medline TA:  Public Health Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  694-701     Citation Subset:  IM    
1Nutrition Unit, The Cancer Council NSW, PO Box 572, Kings Cross, New South Wales 1340, Australia.
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