Nutrition Education Impacts On Adolescents Health

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Nutrition Education Impacts On Adolescents Health

Participants122 sixth-grade students at three similar elementary schools in southeast Idaho. The ages ranged from 10 to 13 years, with a mean age of 11.11 years. It was determined that each population at the three schools were similar in ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic traits.

Nutrition Education Impacts on Adolescents Health

Mcaleese, J., & Rankin, L. (2007). Garden-Based Nutrition Education Affects Fruit And Vegetable Consumption In Sixth-Grade Adolescents. Journal of the American Dietetic Association,107(4), 662-665.

The study was experimental. Researchers collected the data by having students note their eating habits in three 24-hour food-recall workbooks before and after the Garden-Based Nutrition lesson.

The authors were researching whether or not implementing nutrition based classes, such as a gardening class, could improve a students diet and health. Their research question was observing the effects of a Garden-Based Nutrition Education on an adolescents diet. My research question: How does nutrition education impact adolescents decisions in their diets?

Research Question?

I believe the study was well designed in terms of the test size population. Also ensuring that there were equal demographics in three different schools also was a well thought out part of the study, taking into account any types of random variables that could disprove the studies findings.

1. We know at the base of human development both physically and mentally, our bodies are dependent upon the nutrients we take into our system. By teaching adolescents about the importance of healthy nutritional choices and educating them about how to make right choices in their diets this will put them on a road to success for healthier and more enriched lives.2. What this research shows us is that as educators it is our responsibility to ensure that we are educating our students on facets of life that impact our students health, if they are not receiving that material in another way. By not equipping the students with knowledge that could help benefit or even save their life, the educator is doing the student a disservice. This article shows us the importance of being an educator and how teaching students about vital subjects can help benefit their lives in and outside the classroom setting. 3. By giving the adolescents nutrition education this allows the adolescent to make their own choices in their diets, and in turn gives them a sense of confidence that they can carry with them forever. By taking the time to teach an adolescent the differences between various food groups and their impacts on health, adolescents will feel more inspired to take control of their lives and hopefully make healthy and smart life choices.

How was the Study Conducted?

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Study Critique

Implications for Practice


FindingsA repeated-measures analysis of variance showed that adolescents who participated in the nutrition lesson increased their servings of fruits and vegetables more than students who did not participate. Significant increases of nutrient levels including vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber intake were also noted in those students who participated in the nutrition lesson. These results show that educating adolescents about nutrition increases adolescents consumption of fruits and vegetables.

One improvement I would offer would involve the period in which the students are tested on their diets after the class. I believe it would be more beneficial to keep testing the students diet at least two weeks after the class, instead of only 24 hours before the class and 24 hours after the class. Of course this would involve more resources to be used at the class would have to contain more material and be relevant to the students lives for two weeks. I feel that it would show a more accurate representation of the effects the nutrition class has on an adolescents diet. A second way the study could have been improved upon would be the actual geographical location of where the adolescents lived. In this case all of the 122 students were from Idaho, a large agricultural state with large amounts of farmland. Teaching adolescents about gardening in a region that already embraces such practices is not that difficult. I would be interested in seeing the effects of hosting such a class in a more urbanized region, such as near larger cities on the east coast. Optimally the study would include adolescents from each region in the United States for the most accurate results.


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