Knowledge of and adherence to fruit and vegetable recommendations and intakes: Results of the 2003 health information national trends survey

Olivia M. Thompson, Amy L. Yaroch, Richard P. Moser, Lila J. Finney Rutten, Jennifer M. Petrelli, Stephanie A. Smith-Warner, Louise C. Masse, Linda Nebeling

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Abstract

Attention to cancer-relevant communication (e.g., fruit/vegetable intake recommendations) through various media has been shown to be a pivotal step in reduction of the cancer burden, thus underscoring the importance of examining associations between exposure to health media and knowledge of and adherence to fruit/vegetable intake recommendations. The purpose of the present study was to assess factors associated with fruit/vegetable intake knowledge and behavior. The authors analyzed data collected from the 2003 Health Information National Trends Survey to evaluate the effect of fruit/vegetable intake knowledge on behavior, and the relationship of this effect with biobehavioral, sociodemographic, and communication characteristics. Participants who were knowledgeable of fruit/vegetable intake recommendations and consumed at least 5 fruit/vegetable servings per day were classified as informed compliers. Associations were observed for being an informed complier and paying a lot of attention to health media on the radio, in the newspaper, and in magazines and a little or some attention to health media in magazines or on the Internet. The recent explosion of available cancer-related information through various media underscores the importance of examining associations between exposure to health media and knowledge of and adherence to fruit/vegetable intake recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)328-340
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of health communication
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Communication
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Library and Information Sciences

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