Promotion vs. education in choosing "real food"

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Publication Type honors thesis
School or College College of Health
Department Health Promotion & Education
Faculty Mentor Adrienne Cachelin
Creator Schott, Willem Olson
Title Promotion vs. education in choosing "real food"
Year graduated 2015
Date 2015-04
Description The agro-industrial system in the United States contributes to an abundance of human and ecological health problems from social injustices and public health issues to global warming and ecological degradation. In response to these problems, universities across the country are joining the Real Food Challenge (RFC). The RFC is a national studentdriven organization that defines "Real Food" as possessing at least one of the following four attributes: local, fair, ecologically-sound, and/or humane. By mobilizing the power of students on college campuses, the RFC aspires to shift up to one billion dollars in dining purchasing towards "Real Food" by the year 2020. One key element for the continued success of the RFC will be a better understanding of factors affecting college student food choice. Our research explores these factors as well as the types of interventions that will most effectively impact student food choice. To better understand food choice factors among students, participants were asked to select from six factors and indicate which of these was most important. In order to investigate the impacts of intervention strategies, participants were drawn from courses which included at least one food-related component. Participants completed a pre-test survey and were then exposed to either Social-Marketing (SM) (n=13) or Education (ED) (n=24), with an additional group (n=18) receiving both interventions. Outreach materials were distributed using Canvas course software; the ED group completed a 45-minute educational event while the SM group received three promotional e-mails. Study analysis includes exploration of differences in the ranking of food choice factors, frequency of food label reading, and overall assessment of the relationship between personal food choice and sustainability. In order for the RFC to succeed, we must better understand student food choices and effective intervention strategies. Identifying intervention strategies that encourage students to choose more "Real Food" will propel the movement towards a more just and sustainable food system for all.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject College students -- Food Food preferences; Real food
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Willem Olson Schott 2015
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Date Created 2015-07-28
Date Modified 2019-07-10
ID 197187
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