Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior

Theory or Not? Best Study Designs for Increasing Vegetable Intake in Children

New study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior analyzes 25 years of data
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Philadelphia, PA, November 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Researchers try to develop interventions that are most likely to work. Some times that involves deciding which activities should be included, such as whether to have cooking classes or be involved in a garden. Some times that involves deciding how many people should be involved to find truly meaningful results. However, a little talked about consideration is whether to include behavior theory within the intervention.

School Lunches Offer Better Average Nutrition than Packed Lunches

School lunches offer better average nutrition than packed lunches
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Philadelphia, PA, November 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Approximately 60% of the more than 50 million public elementary and secondary education students obtain a substantial portion of their daily calories from school lunches. The 2012–2013 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) nutritional standards govern what those students eat; for those who bring packed lunches, there are no nutritional standards, however. With that in mind, researchers from Virginia Tech compared school lunches with packed lunches and found that school lunches have greater nutritional quality.

When Talking About Body Size, African American Women & Doctors May Be Speaking Different Languages

Research shows potential for misunderstanding between doctors and patients about a critical health issue
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Philadelphia, PA, September 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ – African American women and their female children have the highest obesity prevalence of any demographic group and are more likely to underestimate their body weight than white women. Yet, according to new research from Rush University Medical Center, cultural norms for body size may prevent awareness among many African American women about the potential health benefits they and others in their cultural group might achieve through weight loss.

Perceived Barriers Limit WIC CVV Use in Arizona

According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Low-income and minority communities and people participating in food assistance programs are more likely to consume fewer fruits and vegetables, depriving them of the health benefits of those foods. However, the government provides assistance, such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), designed to improve the dietary quality of at-risk women and children and improve their ability to purchase nutrient-dense foods.

Sports and Energy Drink Consumption Linked with Negative Behaviors

According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Weekly consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks among adolescents is significantly associated with higher consumption of other sugar-sweetened beverages, cigarette smoking, and screen media use, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota and Duke University.

Lots of Fruits and Vegetables, but Lots of High-Fat Snacks: Home Food Environment of Overweight Women

According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The home is an important microenvironment in models of obesity and can trigger behaviors both positively and negatively associated with weight status. With this in mind, a group of researchers from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia sought to examine the home food environment and determine which aspects are associated with healthy eating in low-income overweight and obese women who receive healthcare through local federally-qualified community health centers.

Manga Comics May Help Promote Fruit Consumption Among Youth

According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, February 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ – A recent pilot study in Brooklyn, New York, with minority students found that exposure to Manga comics (Japanese comic art) promoting fruit intake significantly improved healthy snack selection. As snacking accounts for up to 27% of children's daily caloric intake, and childhood obesity has been linked to inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, the results of this study could have wide-reaching implications.

New Web-Based Course to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain May Improve Health in Young Adults

According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, January 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The transition from adolescence to adulthood presents individuals with many challenges. Perhaps none are as important as those relating to health and quality of life. Young adults, aged 18 to 25, are at high risk for weight gain. Being mild to moderately overweight during this period substantially increases the likelihood of obesity at age 35 to 37.

Enrollment in SNAP Does Not Substantially Improve Food Security or Dietary Quality

According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, November 15, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Millions of families in the United States struggle to provide nutritionally adequate meals due to insufficient money or other resources. To combat food security issues, over one in seven Americans currently rely upon the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the largest federal nutrition program, to provide monetary support for nutrition. In the past, SNAP has been shown to reduce poverty among the poorest Americans and generate economic activity.

Three “Hands On” Nutrition Classes – Enough to Impact Health Behaviors in Lower Income Women

According to new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
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Philadelphia, PA, November 7, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The knowledge and skills required to change poor nutrition and health behavior choices are often unavailable to those living with financial limitations. Competing demands on time and resources may pose obstacles to their achieving better diets. However, two researchers at the University of Minnesota recently completed a study that looked at the effects that three educational sessions might have on knowledge and behaviors of 118 low-income women of ethnically diverse backgrounds.

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