The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of the Beach Community Wellness Program (BCWP) nutrition lessons on participants and student nutrition educators. Evaluations of nutrition education interventions have indicated effectiveness at promoting healthy dietary behaviors in culturally diverse and low-income communities. However, qualitative investigations of such interventions are needed to better understand factors that facilitate behavior change. A focus group interview with participants (n=8) and individuals interviews with student educators (n=2) were used to explore program impacts and the experiences they had in the nutrition lessons. Themes generated from the focus group include nutrition knowledge, thoughts about food, social benefits, exercise and nutrition complementation, successful program components, gratitude, and lasting change. Nutrition educator interviews elicited the themes applied learning, facilitators and barriers of nutrition education, enjoyable experience, and perceptions of community nutrition. Demonstration of new recipes was a major positive remark held by participants. The success of the BCWP nutrition lessons can support the use of a model utilizing nutrition students as educators in a diverse community.
|Commitee:||Galvan, Christine, Ornelas, Viki|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Community nutrition, Diet and exercise, Latinas, Nutrition education, Service learning|
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