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Health Consciousness and Organic Food Consumption

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Health consciousness is the degree to which health concerns are integrated into a person's daily activities. This study explored university students' health consciousness and how it is related to their consumption of organic foods. A paper survey was administered to 202 students at San Francisco State University, with questions on overall health consciousness, consumption behavior, and demographic characteristics. Results indicated that there was a significant correlation between students' health consciousness and their organic food consumption. Overall, the more students were concerned about their health, the more they consumed organic food. Also, a significant difference was found between male and female organic food consumption, with women more prone to both purchase and consume organic foods. All respondents were more inclined to consume organic foods in non-food service settings. Insights from this study can help family and consumer sciences professionals redesign their outreach, curricula, and policy recommendations around organic food consumption.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2015

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