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Take Five, a nutrition education intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intakes: impact on attitudes towards dietary change.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9828754     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To assess the response of low consumers of fruit and vegetables to a nutrition education intervention programme, data were collected from 104 adults on attitudinal variables related to 'eating more fruit, vegetables and vegetable dishes'. Questionnaires (based on the theory of planned behaviour) assessing perceived barriers to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption were administered before an action-orientated intervention programme and at the end of the intervention period (8 weeks). Questionnaire scores for belief-evaluations in the intervention groups pre- and post-study indicated that support of family and friends, food costs, time constraints and shopping practicalities (in order to increase intake of fruit, vegetable and vegetable dishes) were barriers to greater consumption of these foodstuffs. Perceived situational barriers to increasing intakes of fruits and vegetables were: limited availability of vegetables, salads and fruit at work canteens, take-aways, friends' houses and at work generally. Following the intervention the number of visits to the shops was perceived as a greater barrier for increasing intakes of fruit and vegetables. Perceived practical opportunities for increasing intakes high-lighted drinking fruit juice, taking fruit as a dessert, having fruit as a between-meal snack and eating two portions of vegetables with a meal. About two-thirds of intervention subjects achieved the recommended fruit and vegetable target, but it is concluded that practical issues and situational barriers need to be addressed for the success of future public health campaigns.
A S Anderson; D N Cox; S McKellar; J Reynolds; M E Lean; D J Mela
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of nutrition     Volume:  80     ISSN:  0007-1145     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. J. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1998 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-12-03     Completed Date:  1998-12-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372547     Medline TA:  Br J Nutr     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  133-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health*
Diet / psychology*
Diet Surveys
Life Style
Middle Aged
Nutritional Sciences / education*
Social Class
Comment In:
Br J Nutr. 1998 Aug;80(2):119-20   [PMID:  9828751 ]

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