A Pilot Comprehensive School Nutrition Program Improves Knowledge and Intentions for Intake of Milk and Milk Alternatives Among Youth in a Remote First Nation

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Abstract

Objective:

To evaluate the impact of a pilot comprehensive school nutrition program modeled on Social Cognitive Theory on knowledge, intentions, self-efficacy, and intake of milk and milk alternatives (MMA) in First Nations youth.

Methods:

A pilot school nutrition program was implemented at Peetabeck Academy in Fort Albany, Ontario in May, 2010. The Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Intentions Questionnaire (KSIQ) and Waterloo Web-based Eating Behavior Questionnaire (WEB-Q) were used to assess change in attitudes and behavior from pre- to postprogram.

Results:

The KSIQ preprogram (n = 26), postprogram (n = 19); WEB-Q preprogram (n = 30), postprogram (n = 10). Improved knowledge (6.0 ± 1.5 vs 6.9 ± 1.5, P = .05) and intention scores (9.6 ± 4.4 vs 11.3 ± 4.1, P = .01) were observed.

Conclusions and Implications:

A comprehensive school nutrition program can improve knowledge and intentions for intake of MMA in First Nations youth. Environmental constraints beyond the school environment need to be addressed.

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