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The Impact of an Educational Intervention on Nutrition Knowledge, Dietary Habits, BMI and Physical Activity, in University Students in the United Kingdom (UK). (NCT03028714)

King's College London
Metabolic risk factors, such as central obesity, increase the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood and are prevalent in many university students. Increasing the knowledge about healthy nutrition and physical activity can positively impact students' lifestyle and prevent weight gain. This study aims to investigate the impact of online educational methods on nutrition knowledge, dietary habits, BMI, and physical activity in a sample of university students in the UK. Anthropometric measurements will be assessed and questionnaires will be completed at the beginning and at the end of the study. Written consent will be sought, the voluntary nature of participation will be emphasized while anonymity and confidentiality will be strictly maintained.
  • Behavioral: Technology-based nutrition education
    All participants will undertake anthropometric measurements and assessments of blood pressure and blood glucose. They will be also asked to complete online questionnaires with regards to nutrition and physical activity. Participants in the intervention group will receive additional access to a website, providing information about nutrition topics including alcohol and physical activity. Through the website participants will be asked to play online quiz-games related to the nutrition topics. Each play will include game elements such as time, point collection and graphics. Participants will be asked to play the games as much as they want to improve their scores and to use the website as a reference tool.
    Ages eligible for Study
    18 Years to 34 Years
    Genders eligible for Study
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Accepts Healthy Volunteers
    Inclusion Criteria:
    • Currently studying at Kingston University, London or at St George's, University of London, as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or undertaking research within one of the two organizations.
    • Aged between 18 and 34 years.
    • Generally, in good health.
    Exclusion Criteria:
    • Not currently studying at Kingston University, London or at St George's, University of London.
    • Less than 18 or more than 34 years old.
    • Suffering a long-term disease or condition that requires a special treatment or diet.
    • Suffering a mobility impairment or injury that doesn't allow undertaking moderate physical activity.
    • Pregnant or breast-feeding.
    The intervention is a randomized-controlled trial with two data collection points: one at the beginning and one at the end of the study. The study will include healthy students from two UK Universities, who they will be randomly assigned either to the intervention or to the control group. Participants in both groups will be asked to undertake measurements and complete questionnaires before and after the study. Measurements include the assessment of BMI, body fat, lean mass, waist-to-hip ratio, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and blood glucose. In addition, nutrition knowledge and dietary habits will be estimated using online questionnaires as well as the level of physical activity using the IPAQ questionnaire and pedometers. Participants in the intervention group will receive access to an educational website including information about fruit and vegetables, fat, sugars, fast-food, meat, salt, meals and snacks, food labels, exercise, and alcohol. Each category will be linked to an online quiz-game that will include questions related to the topic. Students will be asked to play the games as much as they want to improve their knowledge scores. Access to the website and the games will be available for 10 weeks. Participants in the control group will receive no intervention. After 10 weeks, participants will be asked to undertake the same measurements and complete the same questionnaires as they did in the beginning of the study. The study aims to investigate the effectiveness of an online educational intervention, using game elements, on the level of nutrition knowledge of students, as well as, whether any changes in knowledge impact changes in dietary habits, physical activity and weight-related factors.

    1 locations

    United Kingdom (1)
    • Kingston University, London & St George's, University of London
      London, United Kingdom, SW17 0RE
    25 January, 2017
    08 March, 2017
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