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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-28

Informal group intervention technique to promote a healthy dietary habit in adults

1 Department of Soils, Water and Agricultural Engineering College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
2 Central Food Technological Research Institute, Resource Centre, Hyderabad, India
3 Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

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Annamalai Manickavasagan
College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Al-Khoud 34, PIN 123
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0738.106976

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Introduction: Healthy dietary habit is one of the important factors in the maintenance of good health. A study was conducted to determine the effect of informal discussion to motivate adults toward healthy eating. Materials and Methods: Healthy dietary habits were discussed informally with the help of "Dietary Guidelines for Indians" published by National Institute of Nutrition, to an individual group in Tamil Nadu at least for 3 hours (n = 42 in 3 groups). After 1 year of these informal discussions, without in-between follow-ups, a telephone interview (informal) was conducted to the participants individually (n = 31) to determine the changes in their eating behavior. Results and Discussion: About 68% of the participants interviewed reduced the quantity of rice intake as a result of informal discussion, and 42% of the participants shared their learning with other people. The changes in eating behavior were significantly higher in females than in males. Participants living in urban areas made more changes in eating behaviors than in rural areas. Similarly more changes in dietary habits were observed among participants with postgraduate qualifications than with higher secondary qualification. Conclusion: This informal intervention approach has great potential to change the eating behavior toward healthy diet in India and other developing countries. However different strategies may be required for the people with different educational and economical background.

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