Pilot using world wide web to prevent diabetes in adolescents

Jo Ann D. Long, Myrna L. Armstrong, Elizabeth Amos, Brent Shriver, Carmen Roman-Shriver, Du Feng, La Nell Harrison, Scott Luker, Anita Nash, Monica Witcher Blevins

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    Abstract

    This pilot study tested the effects of an interactive nutrition education Web site on fruit, vegetable, and fat consumption in minority adolescents genetically at risk for Type 2 diabetes. A one-group nonexperimental pretest, posttest focus group design was used. Twenty-one sixth-grade to eighth-grade junior high adolescents who were minorities volunteered to participate. Participants received 5 hours of Web-based nutrition education over 3 weeks. A significant difference in fat consumption was supported from the computerized dietary assessment. No difference was found in fruit or vegetable consumption. Comparative data indicated a rise in body mass index (BMI) percentile from 88.03 (1999) to 88.40 (2002; boys) and 88.25 (1999) to 91.2 (2002; girls). Focus group responses supported the satisfaction of adolescents in the study with the use of the Web-based intervention for nutrition education. Healthy eating interventions using Web-based nutrition education should be further investigated with adolescents.

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    Keywords

    • Adolescents
    • Diabetes and nutrition education
    • WWW

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nursing(all)

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    Long, J. A. D., Armstrong, M. L., Amos, E., Shriver, B., Roman-Shriver, C., Feng, D., ... Blevins, M. W. (2006). Pilot using world wide web to prevent diabetes in adolescents. Clinical Nursing Research, 15(1), 67-79. https://doi.org/10.1177/1054773805282446