About Eating: an online program with evidence of increased food resource management skills for low-income women

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 May-Jun;47(3):265-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.01.006. Epub 2015 Mar 2.


Objective: Produce and evaluate About Eating (AE), an online program for low-income women aligned with the Satter eating competence model, congruent with best practices for nutrition education of low-income audiences.

Methods: Responses from iterative cognitive interviews and online surveys with diverse samples of low-income women informed lesson revisions. The researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial of AE with low-income women to determine its impact on dietary behavior and food security.

Results: In all, 284 women reviewed at least 1 AE lesson and endorsed it. After AE, women (n = 288) increased in use of food resource management skills (eg, using a budget [P = .008] and planning meals to include all food groups [P = .002]). About Eating participants who were food secure had more confidence in managing money for food (P = .002) and keeping track of food-related purchases (P = .02) than food-insecure persons.

Conclusions and implications: Mixed-methods research with life stage and geodiverse samples confirmed the usefulness of AE. Food security assessment may enhance interpretation of intervention effectiveness.

Keywords: food management; food security; low income; nutrition education; online education.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Poverty