Food safety education using an interactive multimedia kiosk in a WIC setting: correlates of client satisfaction and practical issues

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010 May-Jun;42(3):202-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2008.10.001. Epub 2010 Feb 9.


Objective: To assess acceptability of food safety education delivered by interactive multimedia (IMM) in a Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) clinic.

Methods: Female clients or caregivers (n=176) completed the food-handling survey; then an IMM food safety education program on a computer kiosk. Satisfaction with program, participant demographics, and change in food-handling behavior were assessed by univariate analyses.

Results: Over 90% of the participants enjoyed the kiosk, and most (87.5%) reported using computers a lot. Compared with participants with education beyond high school, participants with less education were more likely to report enjoying the kiosk (98.2% vs 88.1%, P = .007), preferred learning with the kiosk (91.7% vs 79.1%, P = .02), and would like to learn about other topics using IMM (95.4% vs 86.6%, P = .04).

Conclusions and implications: Food safety education delivered by IMM was well accepted by inner-city WIC clinic clients, including those with less education.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Caregivers
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods
  • Female
  • Food Contamination / prevention & control
  • Food Handling / methods*
  • Food Services
  • Foodborne Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Maternal-Child Health Centers*
  • Mothers
  • Multimedia*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Public Assistance
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Young Adult