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Design, Development, and Formative Evaluation of "Put Nutrition into Practice," A Multimedia Nutrition Education Software Program for Adults.

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The role of diet in the prevention of chronic disease has been well established over the past 10 years 1,2. However, many of the Healthy People 2000 objectives related to nutrition are not being achieved 3. Based on the most recent data, the percentage of overweight Americans is increasing, fewer overweight individuals are using sound weight loss practices, and the number of individuals consuming a nutrient- rich diet is decreasing 3,4. The American Dietetic Association ADA recently commented on the changes to the Healthy People 2000 nutrition objectives to be achieved by the year 2010 5. These changes include additional emphasis on the number of Americans eating adequate fruits, vegetables, grains and calcium-rich foods, consuming less than 30 of calories from fat and maintaining their desirable body weight. Based on current data and ADAs proposal to strengthen the Healthy People 2000 objectives, the need for more innovative and effective nutrition education is clear. ADA and the Society for Nutrition Education SNE provide frameworks for educating the public on diet and nutrition 6,7. Both organizations acknowledge the need for resource development and creative new programs to reach and influence consumers. To be successful, nutrition education programs should go beyond merely providing knowledge passively, hoping knowledge alone will change behavior. Rather, nutrition education must bridge the gap between knowledge and action with behaviorally- focused programs that teach skills consumers can use to change their diets. The programs must also meet a defined need within the target population, be personalized, and involve active learner participation.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Computer Programming and Software

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