Nutrition Resources

This section of the site provides quick access to case studies and helpful on-line social marketing resources for fostering nutrition-related behaviours. We welcome suggestions for additional case studies and resources

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Dec. 26, 2018 Five New Resources Added in this Topic Category
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Most Recent Nutrition Case Studies

Montreal Dietary Dispensary  Health

This award-winning program was established to help disadvantaged women give birth to babies of healthy weight, by providing nutritional counselling and support to expectant mothers at risk.

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Fork It Over!  EnvironmentHealth

Fork it Over! is a peer-to-peer initiative that helps food businesses in Portland Oregon to donate surplus prepared, perishable foods that have not been served, by showing that it is safe, simple and the right thing to do. It recruits food businesses to make written, public commitments to donate food regularly, reinforces and publicizes those commitments, and prompts action at the moment when donations are available. It also leverages partnership support from key industry leaders and associations to reinforce the social and cultural value of food donation, and provides regular reinforcement for participating through free advertising.

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Growing Healthy Kids  EnvironmentHealth

This well-documented obesity prevention program pilot for low-income families in Carrboro NC (USA) featured three main components. Weekly work sessions in a community garden provided gardening instruction and practice opportunities and a familiarity with the vegetables. A seven-week workshop series covered cooking and nutrition. Social activities and events built and maintained interest in the garden and fostered interaction between garden members. By the end of their participation in the program, 17% (n=6, p<0.004) of obese or overweight children had improved their BMI classification and 100% of the children with a BMI classification of normal had maintained that BMI classification.

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Cage-Free Campus  EnvironmentHealth

In 2005, The Humane Society of the United States (the HSUS) hatched a plan to replace conventionally produced eggs served on college campuses with cage-free alternatives, by appealing to students’ interest in social issues and addressing administrators’ practical concerns. Now led by The Humane League (THL) in the United States and by other organizations internationally, the campaign has resulted in millions of eggs now sourced from cage-free rather than “factory farming” facilities. A step-by-step playbook showing how to achieve campus-wide support and engage dining service managers guides student leaders implementing the campaign at their schools.

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Most Recent Nutrition Resources

A Meta-Analysis of the Evaluations of Social Marketing Interventions Addressing Smoking, Alcohol Drinking, Physical Activity, and Eating  Health

Interventions using social marketing principles were effective at bringing about statistically significant behavior changes. Interventions designed to effectively change eating, physical activity, and smoking behaviors were effective; those addressing drinking alcohol were not. Interventions that tackled multiple behavior objectives usually failed to succeed. This review showed that marketing mix, exchange strategies, and use of theory were significant factors of program effectiveness.

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A Systematic Review of Behavioural Interventions Promoting Healthy Eating Among Older People  Health

The aim of this systematic review was to identify effective diet interventions for older people and provide useful evidence and direction for further research. Three dietary educational interventions and all meal service related interventions reported improvements in older people's dietary variety, nutrition status, or other health-related eating behaviours. Multicomponent dietary interventions mainly contributed to the reduction of risk of chronic disease. The results supported that older people could achieve a better dietary quality if they make diet-related changes by receiving either dietary education or healthier meal service.

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Engaging Teachers to Communicate Scientific Consensus on Climate Change and Other Topics  EnvironmentHealthSafety

When consensus about a risk or mitigating behavior is newly developed and/or not clearly understood, communicating that consensus through teachers / instructors can be critical. While this blog entry focuses on climate change, it may also apply to new understandings in many topic areas.

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Study Shows Texting as Good as Medication at Improving Type 2 Diabetes Management  Health

Low-income Hispanics with Type 2 diabetes who received health-related text messages every day for six months saw improvements in their blood sugar levels that equaled those resulting from some glucose-lowering medications, according to researchers with the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute.

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Both Diet Change and More Efficient Farming Practices Required for Sustainability  EnvironmentHealth

Changing consumers'diets and using more efficient farming methods globally are both essential to stave off irreversible damage to the environment, a new study says.

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Effectiveness of Social Marketing Strategies to Reduce Youth Obesity in European School-Based Interventions: A systematic review and meta-analysis  Health

Current evidence indicates that the inclusion of at least 5 SMBC domains (from the National Social Marketing Centre's social marketing benchmark criteria) in school-based interventions could benefit efforts to prevent obesity in young people.

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Effectiveness of a Communication for Behavioural Impact Intervention to Reduce Salt Intake in Vietnam  Health

This behavior change intervention, implemented in four wards and four communes in Vietnam for one year, included mass media communication, school interventions, community programs, and a focus on high-risk groups. It was effective in lowering average population salt intake and improving knowledge and behaviors.

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Global Burden of Disease  EnvironmentHealthSafety

A comprehensive picture of what disables and kills people across countries, time, age, and sex. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) provides a tool to quantify health loss from hundreds of diseases, injuries, and risk factors, so that health systems can be improved and disparities can be eliminated.Collected and analyzed by a consortium of more than 2,300 researchers, the data capture premature death and disability from more than 300 diseases and injuries in 195 countries

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Online Interventions for Social Marketing Health Behavior Change Campaigns: a meta-analysis of psychological architectures and adherence factors  Health

These findings demonstrate that online interventions have the capacity to influence voluntary behaviors, such as those routinely targeted by social marketing campaigns. Given the high reach and low cost of online technologies, the stage may be set for increased public health campaigns that blend interpersonal online systems with mass-media outreach.

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School-Based Policies to Prevent Obesity: Cluster Randomized Trial  Health

This cluster randomized trial demonstrated effectiveness of providing support for implementation of school-based nutrition policies, but not physical activity policies, to limit BMI increases among middle school students. This trial had a larger effect than previous studies, indicating that school-based structural interventions may be particularly promising.

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Reframing Intervention Inoculates Teens Against Junk Food Marketing  Health

Reframing unhealthy dietary choices as incompatible with important values (including social justice and autonomy from adult control) can be a low-cost, scalable solution to producing lasting, internalized change in adolescents’ dietary attitudes and choices. 


 

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Guide to Community Preventive Services  Health

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CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity  Health

Includes social marketing case studies related nutrition, physical activity and obesity; and a segmentation of U.S. adults by attitudes and behaviors (using the five energy balance segments developed from Porter Novelli's ConsumerStyles© and HealthStyles© survey databases)

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Menu Labeling: Does Providing Nutrition Information at the Point of Purchase Affect Consumer Behavior?  Health

Dramatic increases in the consumption of away-from-home meals over the past 40 years have prompted growing interest in menu labeling, the practice of providing information on calories, fat, sodium and other selected nutrients in menu items at points of purchase, as a strategy to reduce obesity and diet-related chronic disease. This research synthesis reviews studies that have examined the use of menu labeling in away-from-home food establishments, such as restaurants and cafeterias, and the potential impact of labeling on consumers food and beverage selections.

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Healthy Living Social Marketing Inititative: A Review of the Evidence  Health

Answers the questions: what in people's  behaviours place them at risk of unhealthy weight gain, what drives their current behaviours, how might they be motivated to change, who might be able to influence them and what might act as barriers to change

 

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