Malaysian Dietary Guidelines 2010 in Practice: Acceptability and Applicability of Nutrition Education Delivery Tools Among University Students in Terengganu, Malaysia

Lua, Pei Lin and Shahril, Mohd Razif (2012) Malaysian Dietary Guidelines 2010 in Practice: Acceptability and Applicability of Nutrition Education Delivery Tools Among University Students in Terengganu, Malaysia. International Journal of Current Research and Review, 4 (15). pp. 126-140. ISSN 2231-2196

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the acceptability and applicability of nutrition education delivery through three tools; 1) conventional lectures, 2) brochures and 3) text messages via short messaging system (SMS). Methods: A prospective, cross sectional study was conducted among university undergraduates in Terengganu, Malaysia. Included students firstly went through a 1-hour lecture followed by the provision of brochures and contents of text messages. They then completed an evaluation form. Data analysis was carried out using SPSS 16.0 utilising descriptive statistics. 116 undergraduates were enrolled (mean age=19.3). Results: Majority of male (91.9%) and female students (91.1%) rated the slides as comprehensible. Both genders (male=70.3%, female=74.7%) ranked the presentation as “interesting” while, 64.7% of them ranked the information included as adequate. Brochures were considered to be at least “good” with regard to its pictorial graphics (85.3%) and languages (81.9%). Most of the students were also generally contented with the information given through the SMS (86.2%). Overall, 94.0% of students believed that nutrition education delivery through a variety of methods can provide and enhance their awareness and knowledge. Conclusion: This provides early evidence that these tools are acceptable and applicable in assisting undergraduates improve their diet and undergo active lifestyle.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Undergraduates, nutrition education, acceptability, applicability
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Institute: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Razif Shahril
Date Deposited: 11 May 2014 08:22
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2015 04:52
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/527

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