A Qualitative Assessment of a Worksite Nutrition Education Intervention

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Debera Thomas, DNS Julia C. Gardner, MPH Alison E. Adams, PhD Nanette V. Lopez, PhD Jay T. Sutliffe, PhD, RD

Abstract

To assess the experience of participants who had previously completed a Community Chronic Disease Prevention intervention involving a micronutrient-dense plant-rich dietary intervention. Qualitative interviews were conducted individually or in groups of 2-3.  There was a total of twelve participants who had completed a Community Chronic Disease Prevention intervention of 9- or 12-week duration. Questions were designed to be open-ended to maximize the diversity of responses and to allow exploration of a full range of participant views. Interviews were conducted at locations convenient to participants. Employees of a university or regional hospital who had completed a Community Chronic Disease Prevention dietary intervention 1.5-2 years previously. Audio-tape interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed for common themes and thematic patterns. Participants reported their experiences and adherence to the dietary guidelines post-intervention. Common themes were identified, including a sense of well-being and increased mindfulness. Intervention features that facilitated adherence included regular contact, the educational component, and cooking demonstrations and tastings. Barriers to adhering to the intervention included life-long habits, as well as cultural and family issues. Identification of the experiences of individuals who have participated in a Community Chronic Disease Prevention will provide a basis for incorporating social, emotional, and psychological support into future studies.

Keywords: plant-based, vegan, diet intervention, workplace, nutrient-dense, worksite wellness

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THOMAS, Debera et al. A Qualitative Assessment of a Worksite Nutrition Education Intervention. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 2, feb. 2023. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/3565>. Date accessed: 02 mar. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v11i2.3565.
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