Healthy Choices for Every Body Adult Curriculum Improves Participants’ Food Resource Management Skills and Food Safety Practices

Omolola A. Adedokun, Paula Plonski, Brooke Jenkins-Howard, Debra B. Cotterill, Ann Vail

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the impact of the University of Kentucky's Healthy Choices for Every Body (HCEB) adult nutrition education curriculum on participants’ food resource management (FRM) skills and food safety practices. Methods: A quasi-experimental design was employed using propensity score matching to pair 8 intervention counties with 8 comparison counties. Independent-samples t tests and ANCOVA models compared gains in FRM skills and food safety practices between the intervention and comparison groups (n = 413 and 113, respectively). Results: Propensity score matching analysis showed a statistical balance and similarities between the comparison and intervention groups. Food resource management and food safety gain scores were statistically significantly higher for the intervention group (P <.001), with large effect sizes (d = 0.9) for both variables. The group differences persisted even after controlling for race and age in the ANCOVA models. Conclusions and Implications: The HCEB curriculum was effective in improving the FRM skills and food safety practices of participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-644
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume50
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This evaluation study is part of the University of Kentucky's SNAP-Ed program (PI: Ann Vail, PhD), funded by the US Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior

Keywords

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed)
  • food resource management
  • food safety practices
  • program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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