Healthy meals, healthy families : a pilot intervention to improve nutrition knowledge and self-efficacy to prepare healthy meals among low-income individuals in Delaware County, Indiana

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dc.contributor.advisor Friesen, Carol A.
dc.contributor.author Driver, Stacey C.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-18T19:16:48Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-18T19:16:48Z
dc.date.created 2013-12-14
dc.date.issued 2013-12-14
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/197802
dc.description.abstract Food is a fundamental necessity of life. However, millions of Americans do not have access to adequate food and are considered to be "food insecure." Research has shown that low-income individuals have limited food preparation skills and low levels of self-efficacy to prepare healthy meals, further complicating their food situations. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine the effectiveness of a community cooking demonstration at increasing self-efficacy to prepare healthy meals with limited resources. Twenty-three low-income adults participated in the intervention and completed a pre- and post-test assessment to measure changes in self-efficacy to cook, as well as changes in general food and nutrition knowledge. Results indicated that although there were no significant improvements in participants’ self-efficacy to prepare healthy meals (39.3 ± 11.3 vs. 44.5 ± 9.1; t=1.76, p=0.25), subjects did experience significant gains in knowledge related to the MyPlate food guide (1.2 ± 0.5 vs. 1.8 ± 0.8; t=2.82, p=0.01) and basic food safety (0.7 ± 0.9 vs. 2.5 ± 1.0: t=6.05, p<0.001). Increased knowledge is a critical building block toward behavior change and increased self-efficacy.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
dc.subject.lcsh Cooking -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- Indiana -- Delaware County.
dc.subject.lcsh Nutrition -- Study and teaching (Continuing education) -- Indiana -- Delaware County.
dc.subject.lcsh Poor -- Indiana -- Delaware County.
dc.title Healthy meals, healthy families : a pilot intervention to improve nutrition knowledge and self-efficacy to prepare healthy meals among low-income individuals in Delaware County, Indiana en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1739772


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