2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Protein Intake Analysis
Diana C. Dietl*, Colleen Schmittgens, Denise Dale, and Andrew Hill
Dr. Joseph Visker, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to examine the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding dietary protein among university students. Methodology: A convenience sample of 120 college students completed a 38-item self-report instrument. Analyses consisted of descriptive (including measures of central tendency and dispersion) and non-parametric statistics. Results and Conclusions: No statistically significant differences were found between protein intake behaviors and GPA. Overall, students knowledge of proper protein intake was high; however, over half of the participants indicated that they do not know how many servings of protein they should consume each day. There were no other statistically significant differences between attitudes, knowledge and behaviors among participants. Attitude and knowledge totals toward dietary protein were significantly related as determined by a Pearson Correlation. Participants had fairly positive feelings about dietary protein but did not often incorporate it into their meals. These findings can be used to help improve health education programs.

Keywords: college students, grade point average, protein intake

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 600-7
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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