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Intentions Modify Program Impact After a Nutrition Education Intervention

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Objective: To examine whether expressed intentions modified program impact on diet. Methods: A nutrition education intervention was conducted with African American women in Washington, DC. Dietary recalls and surveys at post-intervention and follow-up were analyzed. Results: At 20-week follow-up, frequent attenders reported .13 more fruit and vegetable servings per additional point post-intervention behavioral intentions score (p = .03) and .10 servings per point on follow-up intentions score (p = .07). Conclusions: Sustained intentions predicted dietary change, informing measurement and theory for nutrition interventions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA 2: Department of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Publication date: 2013-07-01

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