2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Assessment of Nutritional Attitudes and Behaviors Among Undergraduate Students Studying the Health Professions
Jennifer A. Rippe*, Adam J. Manahan, Maureen E. Holland, and Hannah R. Lipari
Dr. Joseph Visker, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to examine the nutritional behaviors and attitudes among undergraduate students studying the Health Professions at a small Midwestern liberal arts university. A convenience sample of 50 students were given a self-report instrument, consisting of 38 Likert-type items, multiple choice questions, and demographics. Results were analyzed with selected inferential and descriptive statistics (including frequencies and percentages). The majority of respondents (60.0%) stated that they sometimes check food labels on the foods that they eat. A large number of respondents (38.0%) also strongly agreed/agreed that they don’t have enough time to cook balanced meals. Further, 34.0% of the respondents believe that eating at fast-food restaurants, more than once a week is acceptable. Scheduled time for planning nutritious meals and behavior modification may have a more positive influence on attitudes toward nutritious foods. Further studies may examine time allotment and nutrition choices and behaviors in other majors in an undergraduate university.

Keywords: Health, Nurtrition, Undergraduate Students, Dietary Behaviors

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-4
Location: GEO
Time: 3:30

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