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A Mixed-Methods Approach to Targeting College Students' Dairy Behaviors

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Objectives: To assess dairy consumption among students and uncover female students' self-efficacy, perceived benefits and barriers of not consuming dairy, and cues that prompt behavior change. Methods: A survey (N = 6499) identified the approximate dairy servings consumed on a daily basis and 28 participants shared their perceptions of dairy foods in 3 focus groups. Results: Students do not consume enough calcium in their daily diets and do not have knowledge about serving size or the importance of dairy consumption. Conclusions: Students preferred health campaigns specific to the student population. Messages that focus on overall health and substitution of unhealthy behaviors with healthier behaviors may encourage behavior change.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Dietitian, Purdue University Student Health Center, West Lafayette, IN 2: General Wellness Coordinator, Purdue University Student Health Center, West Lafayette, IN

Publication date: 2013-09-01

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