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Evaluation of a Dining Facility Intervention on U.S. Army Special Operations Soldiers' Meal Quality, Dining Satisfaction, and Cost Effectiveness

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U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine Natick

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The study purpose was to test the initial effectiveness of this USASOC HPP Human Performance Program intervention and whether changes were sustained over time. Dietary intakes were assessed using food photography before and after three main meals over 2 days. Daily nutrient content and Healthy Eating Index HEI scores were computed. Descriptive and independent t-test analyses were performed pre to post HPP implementation 0.05 80 power. A total of 688 Soldiers participated98 male mean age of 25.62.9 yrs. At 12-months, USASOC patrons exhibited a significantly higher sodium-adjusted HEI score 70.38.7 points 4.6 pts p0.005 compared to the control DFAC avg of 56.3 10.8 points over 12-months. Specific improvements in USASOC patron intake were 0.6 cups fruit 2.5 cupsd, 0.8 oz whole grains 5.9 ozd, 1.9 oz protein 14.9 ozd 2.0gkg BW, -0.3 oz refined grains 4.3 ozd, and -0.13gkg fat 1.24gkg BW p0.05. These data illustrate that education, introduction of healthy food options, and revised cooking practices are effective interventions for improving Warfighter meal quality.

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Technical Report,01 Jan 2015,01 Nov 2016



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