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peer-reviewed research article

Radio is effective in teaching nutrition to Latino families

authors

Joan Wright, Department of Human and Community Development, UC Davis
Eunice Romero-Gwynn, UC Davis
Anne Cotter, UCCE Orange County
Carol J. Powell, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles
Constance L. Garrett, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles
Myriam Grajales-Hall, UC Riverside
Saundra Parnell, UCCE Los Angeles County
Gwendolyn Stanford, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles
Barbara J. Turner, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles
Norma Wightman, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles
Eunice Williamson, UCCE Riverside County

publication information

California Agriculture 50(6):14-17. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v050n06p14. November-December 1996.

abstract

A series of five nutrition education lessons was broadcast over Spanish-language radio in a major metropolitan and a semirural area of southern California. Pre- and postbroadcast interviews with a random sample of enrollees were used to examine differences in nutrition-related knowledge, practices, and frequency of eating selected foods. In both broadcast locations, knowledge and practice gains were significant, but reported food-frequency patterns did not reflect change. Listeners liked the lessons and home-study guides, and identified specific ways they had applied the information. Spanish-language radio appears to be an effective medium to deliver nutrition education to Latinos.

author affiliations

J. Wright is Education Research Specialist, Department of Human and Community Development, UC Davis; E. Romero-Gwynn was Community Nutrition Specialist, UC Davis, retired; A. Cotter is County Director, UCCE Orange County; C. Powell is Home Economists, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo Counties, respectively; C. Garrett is Home Economists, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo Counties, respectively; M. Grajales-Hall is Information Representative, UC Riverside; S. Parnell is EFNEP Program Supervisor, UCCE Los Angeles County; G. Stanford is Home Economists, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo Counties, respectively; B. Turner is Home Economists, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo Counties, respectively; N. Wightman is Home Economists, UCCE Santa Barbara San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Luis Obispo Counties, respectively; E. Williamson is County Director, UCCE Riverside County.