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Pilot evaluation of the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) Food-O-Meter, a computer-tailored nutrition advice for adolescents: a study in six European cities
Department of Public Health, University Hospital,Gent.
Harokopio University Athen.
Department of Public Health, University Hospital, Ghent.
Department of Public Health, University Hospital, Ghent.
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2011 (English)In: Public Health Nutrition, ISSN 1368-9800, E-ISSN 1475-2727, Vol. 14, no 7, 1292-1302 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: investigating the feasibility and impact of the Food-O-Meter, an internet based computer-tailored nutrition intervention in adolescents.

Design: participants in the intervention condition received the computer-tailored advice at baseline and at one month. Participants in the control condition received a generic standard advice. Effects were evaluated at one month (n=621) and at three months (n=558) using multi-level modelling.

Setting: secondary schools in 6 European cities.

Subjects: adolescents (12-17 year old) out of the 6 centres of the HELENA study, Vienna (Austria), Ghent (Belgium), Heraklion (Crete), Dortmund (Germany), Athens (Greece) and Stockholm (Sweden), were randomised into intervention and control schools.

Results: after 1 month students receiving the standardised advice reported an increase in their fat intake while in the intervention condition, fat intake was stable (F=4.82, P<0;05). After 3 months,  there was in the total group  a trend for an intervention effect of the tailored advice on fat intake (F=2.80, p<0.10). In the overweight group there was a clear positive effect (F=5.76, p<0.05).

For sugared soft drinks consumption both the standardised, and the tailored advice, resulted after 3 months in a decrease in the consumption of soft drinks, but the effect was slightly greater for the standardised advice (F=4.52, p<0.05). No effects were found for other foods and nutrients.

Conclusions: this pilot study showed that in most study centres the implementation of a web based tailored intervention was feasible and well appreciated by the adolescents. The results were modest but clear for percent energy from fat, specifically in the overweight group.

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2011. Vol. 14, no 7, 1292-1302 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-10526DOI: 10.1017/S1368980010003563ISI: 000292210700022PubMedID: 21281542OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-10526DiVA: diva2:359141
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Available from: 2010-10-26 Created: 2010-10-26 Last updated: 2013-10-16Bibliographically approved

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