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Title: The efficacy of a brief, peer-led nutrition education intervention in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption: a wait-list, community-based randomised controlled trial
Authors: Glasson C; Chapman K; Gander K; Wilson T; James E
Categories: Prevention - Resources and Infrastructure
Keywords: Adult; Fruit; Health Knowledge,Attitudes,Practice; Health Promotion; Humans; Intervention Studies; Logistic Models; Male; Middle Aged; New South Wales; Parents; Attitude; Peer Group; Questionnaires; Schools; Serving Size; Vegetables; Australia; Diet; Energy Intake; Female; Follow-Up Studies; Food Habits; Food Preferences
Year: 2013
Journal Title: Public Health Nutrition
Volume: 15
Issue: 7
Page number start: 1318
Page number end: 1326
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present research was to test the efficacy of Fruit & Veg $ense sessions in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. DESIGN: A wait-list randomised controlled trial was conducted (n 292). Intervention participants attended a Fruit & Veg $ense session and received newsletters at weeks 2 and 5 after attending the session. All participants completed an FFQ and a questionnaire measuring knowledge, attitudes, barriers and stage of change for fruit and vegetable consumption at baseline and 6 weeks. SETTING: Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. SUBJECTS: Two hundred and ninety-two parents with children of primary school age. RESULTS: The intervention group significantly increased its mean consumption of fruit and vegetables by 0.62 servings compared with 0.11 in the control group (difference of 0.51, P = 0.001). Compared with the control group, there were significant increases in intervention participants' knowledge of daily recommended servings (for fruit and vegetables) and serving size (for vegetables), improvement in stage of change for vegetable consumption and a decrease in the number of perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption. CONCLUSIONS: Fruit & Veg $ense is efficacious in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among parents of primary-school children. The study adds significantly to the limited evidence regarding fruit and vegetable interventions and the feasibility of engaging peer educators to deliver community education sessions. A broader implementation trial to test the effectiveness of Fruit & Veg $ense is recommended
Division: Cancer Research Division
DOI: 10.1017/S1368980012000043
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