Feasibility and acceptability of curricula to promote healthy eating in the golden years

Lauren B. Roberson, Kimberly A. Parker, Bobi Ivanov, Erin B. Hester

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Older adults are at increased risk for health-related complications that are directly tied to nutrition (National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Indicator definitions—Older adults, 2015; Nutritional risk among elderly rural midwestern women. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 3, 2000). This study developed curricula to teach older adults nutrition basics. The sample consisted of older adults participating in Senior Nutrition Program services in Kentucky. An in-depth analysis of the feasibility and acceptability is discussed. Process evaluation focus groups revealed self-reported knowledge gains related to reading a nutrition facts label, the ability to judge portion size, and greater awareness of grocery spending. Participants highlighted decreased calorie intake due to knowledge gains. Results offer practical implications for providing nutrition education to older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-195
Number of pages19
JournalFamily and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The researchers would like to thank Ms. Kelly Bond, Human Service Specialist with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District. In addition, they would like to thank the following Senior Center Managers that worked alongside the PI when piloting the intervention. Thank you, Sally Goffman, Cindy Ray, and Jenny Trapp, especially, for the work that you do and for your help in facilitating the intervention. The love, enthusiasm, and time that you spend working to make the lives of seniors better are infectious.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


  • acceptability
  • curricula
  • feasibility
  • nutrition education
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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