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Using computer-based assessments to evaluate interactive multimedia nutrition education among low-income predominantly Hispanic participants



Using computer-based assessments to evaluate interactive multimedia nutrition education among low-income predominantly Hispanic participants



Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 34(5): 252-260



This research was conducted to measure the effectiveness of interactive multimedia (IMM) with low-income Hispanic persons. The effectiveness of the program was examined using a quasi-experimental pretest/post-test control group design. Subjects were recruited from nutrition, health, and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in Colorado. Thirty-six intervention and 34 control participants formed a convenience sample of low-income and predominantly Hispanic persons. Intervention participants received a 15-minute module about breakfast. Control participants received a non- nutrition-related IMM module. Primary variables included knowledge, attitude, and stage of change scores. Paired and independent sample t tests, chi-square analysis, and repeated-measures analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) were used. Intervention participants significantly increased knowledge, attitude, and total scores (P <.001) between pretest and post-test and had significantly greater increases than the control group (P <.001). The results support using IMM to disseminate nutrition education to the target population and the feasibility of using computer-based questionnaires to evaluate the effectiveness of IMM nutrition education programs. This research provides the basis for the continued development of computer-based assessment tools.

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