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Nutrition Labeling Program to Promote Healthy Dietary Patterns

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01249508
First Posted: November 29, 2010
Last Update Posted: December 22, 2010
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Information provided by:
University Ghent
  Purpose
This study aims to evaluate a nutrition labelling program in improving university canteen customers' dietary pattern and behavioural determinants (e.g. knowledge).

Condition Intervention
Nutrition Diet Other: nutrition label

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A University Canteen-based Labeling Program to Promote Healthy Dietary Patterns

Further study details as provided by University Ghent:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • pre-label behavioural determinants of nutrition [ Time Frame: at 1 month ]
    Behavioural determinants of nutrition by means of quantitative questionnaire at pre-labeling implementation phase (at 1 month).

  • pre-label nutrition information processing characteristics [ Time Frame: at 1 month ]
    Nutrition information processing by means of quantitative questionnaire at pre-labeling implementation phase (at 1 month).

  • post-label behavioural determinants of nutrition [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]
    Behavioural determinants of nutrition by means of quantitative questionnaire at post-labeling implementation phase (at 6 months).

  • post-label nutrition information processing characteristics [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]
    Nutrition information processing by means of quantitative questionnaire at post-labeling implementation phase (at 6 months).

  • pre-label food intake records [ Time Frame: at 1 month ]
    Food intake by 3-day food records at pre-labeling implementation phase (at 1 month).

  • post-label food intake records [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]
    Food intake by 3-day food records at post-labeling implementation phase (at 6 months).


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • socio-demographic questionnaire [ Time Frame: at 1 month ]
    Socio-demographical questionnaire at pre-labeling implementation phase (at 1 month).

  • pre-label physical activity registration [ Time Frame: at 1 month ]
    Physical activity by 3-day physical activity registrations at pre-labeling implementation phase (at 1 month).

  • post-label physical activity registration [ Time Frame: at 6 months ]
    Physical activity by 3-day physical activity registrations at post-labeling implementation phase (at 6 months).


Enrollment: 474
Study Start Date: October 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2009
Primary Completion Date: May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: implemented nutrition label
A one-group pre-/post-design is used for the evaluation of the university canteen-based nutrition labeling program. This means that all participants of the program are exposed to the nutrition label implemented in the university canteen. The subject essentially serves as its own control based on pre-test behaviour. The nutrition label implemented is a star rating label calculated and assigned to each meal offered at the university canteens and based on the content of energy, saturated fat, sodium and fibre (expressed as vegetable portion).
Other: nutrition label

Detailed Description:
The increase in diet related diseases worldwide is considered to be primarily caused by a changing environment encouraging high energy intakes and a sedentary lifestyle. Examples of important environmental factors are the changing nature of the food supply, the changing socio-demographic structure of the population, the lack of nutrition information and the increasing reliance on foods consumed away from home. This evolution has driven the development of measures to encourage more healthy eating patterns. Nutrition labelling is one of those measures. Since adults and students spend approximately half their waking hours at the workplace or university, the work or study environment is believed to be an appropriate setting to assess and try to change individuals' dietary behaviour. This study aims to evaluate a nutrition labelling program in improving university canteen customers' dietary pattern and behavioural determinants (e.g. knowledge).
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   17 Years to 35 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • university students and staff
  • frequent university canteen customers
  • willing to participate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • non-frequent university canteen customers
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01249508


Locations
Belgium
University Ghent
Ghent, Belgium
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Ghent
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Wim Verbeke, PhD, Prof University Ghent
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