Review of evaluation tools used to assess the impact of nutrition education on dietary intake and quality, weight management practices, and physical activity of low-income audiences

Jacquelyn W. McClelland, Debra Palmer Keenan, Jan Lewis, Susan Foerster, Sharon Sugerman, Paula Mara, Shirley Wu, Sheryl Lee, Kathleen Keller, James Hersey, Christine Lindquist

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Abstract

Nutrition education programs and social marketing campaigns frequently focus on low-income audiences with the goal of improving dietary intake and quality, weight management practices, and physical activity.The impact of nutrition education can be assessed by measuring change in relation to any or all of these broad variables. Unfortunately, little information is available concerning the reliability, validity, and sensitivity to change of measures used to assess these constructs with low-income audiences of adults and adolescents. This article reviews the literature and discusses the types of available measures that have been used and evaluated for the above audiences. It describes specific measures used to assess total diet, consumption of food groups from the Food Guide Pyramid, and behaviors related to weight management and physical activity. Overall, this review suggests that there is a critical need for additional development and evaluation of dietary quality measurement tools for low-income and minority audiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S35-S48
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume33
Issue numberSUPPL.
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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    McClelland, J. W., Keenan, D. P., Lewis, J., Foerster, S., Sugerman, S., Mara, P., Wu, S., Lee, S., Keller, K., Hersey, J., & Lindquist, C. (2001). Review of evaluation tools used to assess the impact of nutrition education on dietary intake and quality, weight management practices, and physical activity of low-income audiences. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 33(SUPPL.), S35-S48.