Effectiveness of a virtual grocery store tour on the confidence and ability of parents to understand and use the nutrition facts panel

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dc.contributor.advisor Friesen, Carol A.
dc.contributor.author McCreary, Tarrah Emily
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-05T13:30:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-05T13:30:22Z
dc.date.created 2013-07-20
dc.date.issued 2013-07-20
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/197440
dc.description.abstract Low socioeconomic families must make many difficult decisions when purchasing foods for their family. As a result, many low-income families base their diets on less expensive, nutrient-poor convenience foods. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the impact of a virtual grocery shopping tour on the ability of low-income Delaware County adults to understand and use the Nutrition Facts Panel. Twenty-one low-income adults participated in the virtual grocery tour that focused on how to use the Nutrition Facts Panel to select healthier food items. Results indicated participants’ confidence in their ability to “use the Nutrition Facts Panel” (7.0 ± 3.5 vs. 9.2 ± 1.8; t=2.53, p=0.021) and to identify a low sodium breakfast cereal (t=3.375; p=0.003) increased after the intervention. However, there was no increase in the participants’ confidence to choose healthy items at the grocery store (t=1.34; p=0.196) or in their ability to identify if a cereal was “high” in fiber (t=1.714; p=0.104), “high” in iron (t=0.438; p=0.667), or a “good” source (e.g., 10-19% DV) of calcium (t=0.438; t=0.667). Future efforts should focus on a narrower curriculum so as not to overwhelm participants.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
dc.subject.lcsh Grocery shopping.
dc.subject.lcsh Virtual reality.
dc.subject.lcsh Food -- Labeling -- United States.
dc.subject.lcsh Poor -- Indiana -- Delaware County.
dc.title Effectiveness of a virtual grocery store tour on the confidence and ability of parents to understand and use the nutrition facts panel en_US
dc.title.alternative Title on signature form: Effectiveness of a virtual grocery store tour on the confidence and ability of Delaware County parents to understand and use the nutrition facts panel
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1728250


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