Effectiveness of a nutrition intervention with rural low-income women

Am J Health Behav. Jan-Feb 2007;31(1):35-43. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.1.35.


Objectives: To evaluate Cookin' Up Health, a computer-based interactive nutrition intervention.

Methods: After randomization to intervention and control groups, 262 women in rural clinics in West Virginia completed both a baseline and 3-month follow-up survey.

Results: Compared to the control group, the intervention group had significantly improved scores on knowledge of dietary fats, food label reading, and readiness to eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day and foods lower in fat.

Conclusions: This brief interactive nutrition intervention shows potential as a strategy to begin the process of change, but follow-up may be needed for actual behavior change to occur.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diet therapy
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Cooking
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Food Labeling
  • Food Preferences*
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Nutritive Value
  • Poverty*
  • Primary Health Care
  • Rural Population*
  • Software
  • West Virginia