The purpose of this study was to analyze the MyPlate initiative's usability as an educational tool for healthy eating. Specifically, this study compared perceived ease of use and confidence levels by cultural backgrounds, as defined by each individual's race/ethnicity (American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic/Latino, and White), and by gender. A questionnaire was administered to students in introductory nutrition courses at California State University, Long Beach, to assess ethnic affiliation, gender, and perceived ease of use and confidence level in using the MyPlate method. Survey findings revealed that Whites have significantly higher perceived ease of use and confidence levels in utilizing MyPlate than Asians/Pacific Islanders and Hispanics/Latinos. No significant differences were found between men and women. These findings indicate the need to reevaluate MyPlate as a nutrition education tool for the culturally diverse U.S. population.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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