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Nutrition education : reducing risk with 5-A-Day

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Anderson, Jennifer (main author), Ryan, Linda DeBell (author), Sherman, Bonnie (author), Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
Conference paper
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 97
Subject Term:
behavior, campaigns, Colorado, USA, farm products, food, nutrition education, nutrition information
James F. Evans Collection, Ham, Mimeographed, 1994. 1 p. Presented at the Society for Nutrition Education, Portland, OR, July 16-20, 1994., A concern for the high cancer death rate in two rural towns in northeast Colorado was expressed by the citizens. Representatives from the communities were aware that nutrition and eating practices could lower cancer risk so they contacted their CSU Cooperative Extension Agent. A team was formed to improve nutrition, diet and health using the 5-A-Day message. An initiative Grant from Cooperative Extension was awarded and a nutrition education study was implemented. A program was developed to improve nutrition and reduce cancer risk with 5-A-Day in the communities. The nutrition study began in the schools targeting the children ages 5-11. The program included: materials, demonstrations, activities, skill sheets, experiments, puppet shows and behavior simulation on good nutrition. The study also included residents of the communities. Nutrition information was provided through local newspapers, grocery stores and county fairs. The children participants completes a 24 hour diet recall and a pre and post questionnaire identifying fruit and vegetable consumption. Head of household from the communities participated in a pre and post telephone survey on fruits and vegetables. The results of this study indicate the nutrition education program was well received in these communities and there was a request for more nutrition intervention. Therefore, we expanded our nutrition and cancer intervention program. Phase two of this research study will target food service personnel and implement a 5-A-Day message in the school cafeteria.