Impact of a Single-Session Dairy Nutrition Education Program

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2017-12-06
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Bahl, Morgan
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Food Science and Human Nutrition
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Dairy is a nutritious, affordable and versatile food group making it a great option for limited resource individuals and those utilizing emergency food assistance. The purpose of this project was to promote the awareness of dairy benefits to limited resource audiences using different educational strategies and adaptations of the Midwest Dairy Council’s “Dairy Makes Sense” nutrition education curriculum. Programs were adapted for youth at a local after-school program (n=27), older adults at a congregate meal site (n=20) and the general public at a local health fair (n=10) using the original materials from the “Dairy Makes Sense” curriculum in order to tailor the free educational experience to the intended audience. For youth, a 45-minute interactive lesson included a trivia matching game and food group identification activity. Older adults participated in a 25-minute “Lunch and Learn” presentation, including an informational display board and a recipe demonstration. Following the program, youth and older adult participants completed a nine-question and five-question survey, respectively. Descriptive statistics were used to assess program outcomes. After one of these programs, participants reported a higher knowledge, familiarity, and likelihood to consume dairy. These findings suggest that brief educational sessions are effective at increasing awareness of the benefits of dairy.

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