Assessment of an e-training tool for college students to improve accuracy and reduce effort associated with reading nutrition labels

Lisa M. Soederberg Miller, Carolyn Sutter, Machelle D. Wilson, Jacqueline J. Bergman, Laurel A Beckett, Tanja N. Gibson

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Objective: Nutrition labels are often underutilized due to the time and effort required to read them. We investigated the impact of label-reading training on effort, as well as accuracy and motivation. Participants: Eighty college students (21 men and 59 women). Methods: The training consisted of a background tutorial on nutrition followed by three blocks of practice reading labels to decide which of two foods was the relatively better choice. Label-reading effort was assessed using an eye tracker and motivation was assessed using a 6-item scale of healthy food-choice empowerment. Results: Students showed increases in label-reading accuracy, decreases in label-reading effort, and increases in empowerment. Conclusions: The nutrition label e-training tool presented here, whether used alone or as part of other wellness and health programs, may be an effective way to boost students’ label-reading skills and healthy food choices, before they settle into grocery shopping habits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of American College Health
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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  • clinical medicine
  • health education
  • Nutrition

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Assessment of an e-training tool for college students to improve accuracy and reduce effort associated with reading nutrition labels. / Soederberg Miller, Lisa M.; Sutter, Carolyn; Wilson, Machelle D.; Bergman, Jacqueline J.; Beckett, Laurel A; Gibson, Tanja N.

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Soederberg Miller, Lisa M. ; Sutter, Carolyn ; Wilson, Machelle D. ; Bergman, Jacqueline J. ; Beckett, Laurel A ; Gibson, Tanja N. / Assessment of an e-training tool for college students to improve accuracy and reduce effort associated with reading nutrition labels. In: Journal of American College Health. 2018.
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