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The format for the National Food Guide: performance and preference studies.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17539873     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper gives the main findings of research designed to inform decisions about the format of a food selection guide, subsequently published as the National Food Guide. The research involved 2074 members of the public and 230 professionals involved in nutrition education. Different formats for the guide were assessed for performance (how well the information was understood and recalled) and preference with a quota sample of C2 and D socioeconomic groups. Preferences were also assessed with a sample of various professionals involved in nutrition education. The investigations involved different versions of the guide which varied in shape, background colour, presentational style (whether the foods depicted were many or few, photographic or drawn) and in the wording of the food group headings. The key findings were that exposure to a guide can have a significant effect on people's understanding of guide concepts and that some aspects of the design enhanced that effect. In particular, guides which were in the shape of a tilted plate were better at conveying nutritional concepts than those which were pyramid-shaped. Members of the public and nutrition educators both preferred a plate shape but, whereas the public preferred a tilted plate to a flat plate, the nutrition educators thought that a flat plate would be more appealing to their clients than a tilted plate.
P Hunt; S Gatenby; M Raynert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0952-3871     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-06-01     Completed Date:  2007-07-30     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904840     Medline TA:  J Hum Nutr Diet     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  210-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Education Authority Primary Health Care Unit, Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Participation
Consumer Satisfaction
Dietetics / methods*
Health Education / methods,  standards
Nutrition Policy*
Nutritional Sciences / education*
Patient Education as Topic*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Comment In:
J Hum Nutr Diet. 2007 Jun;20(3):227-8   [PMID:  17539874 ]

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