Accession Number:

ADA454950

Title:

Nutrition Knowledge and Supplement Use among Elite U.S. Army Soldiers

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA MILITARY NUTRITION DIV

Report Date:

2003-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

A U.S. Army Special Forces SF unit was studied to determine the characteristics of those who were dietary supplement users, assess their nutrition knowledge, and identify the nutrition information sources they use. SF-qualified n119 and non-SF, support soldiers n38 participated in the study. Results show that most soldiers 87 reported current supplement use with more SF 90 than non-SF, support soldiers 76 using supplements p 0.05. Supplements that SF soldiers reported using most were multivitamins, sports bars or sports drinks, and vitamin C. The mean nutrition knowledge score for all soldiers was 48.5 - 15.2 correct responses. Most soldiers incorrectly believe that protein is used for short-term athletic events 64 and that vitamins provide energy 58. The most common information sources reportedly used were popular magazines and books 75, friends and team mates 55, physicians and nurses 34, radio and television 34, and the internet 31

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE