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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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-79
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Diabetes and nutrition education
  • WWW

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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