2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Analysis of Pre/Post Test Scores of Nutritional Knowledge of College Students
Francine E. Schafer*, Lauren O. White, and Amy C. Schroeder
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Ms. Elizabeth Jorn, and Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentors

The purpose of this study was to compare the pre-and post-tests of nutritional knowledge scores of students in a required wellness course at a small, mid-western university. Seventy-three students anonymously completed the pre-test questionnaire to measure nutritional knowledge and 33 students completed the post-test. Males were not significantly different on either test from females. Pre-test scores indicated that students were knowledgeable regarding hydration and milk products, but need more guidance regarding daily servings, nutritional balance, and body composition. Post-tests scores indicated improved knowledge concerning daily servings and nutritional balance, but not on body composition. This study supports the impact of the nutrition curriculum in this required class and sets goals for future semesters with regard to curriculum development. Results of this research study may be of interest to other liberal arts and sciences universities that require wellness classes and university health care providers as they encourage healthy lifestyles.

Keywords: nutrition, wellness, health, curriculum

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 5-1
Location: VH 1000
Time: 8:15

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