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The impact of a nutrition education intervention on main meal quality and fruit intake in people with financial problems

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Abstract Background 

As part of a course teaching household budgeting, a nutrition education intervention was provided to people with financial problems. The present study aimed at assess the effects of this intervention on the nutritional quality of their main meal and fruit intake, and to collect process information on intervention participation, reactions and opinions. Methods 

For the effect study, a quasi-experimental multiple pre and post-test control group design was used. Telephone dietary recalls were conducted with 35 people in the intervention group and 39 people in the control group. Observations, personal interviews and written questionnaires were used to collect the process data. Results 

A significant reduction in saturated fat intake during the mail meal was found. Also, an intervention effect was found for fruit juice consumption, but not for daily fruit intake or vegetable intake during main meal occasions. Conclusions 

The process data revealed some improvements that should be made to the intervention, such as providing more individualized information and tailored recipes.
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Keywords: fruit and vegetable intake; low-income group; nutrition education; saturated fat

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Education and Promotion, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands 2: Department of Public Health of the Regional Public Health Institute, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Publication date: 01 June 2005

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