Online tips inspire people to eat healthy: Study
Washington: Online tips on the benefits of
fruits and vegetables inspire people to eat healthy, a new
study has claimed.
A 12-month-long study by researchers at Henry Ford
Hospital, in the US, showed that when given access to an
online programme about fruits and vegetables, people increased
their daily fruit and vegetable intake by more than two
"People already know the health benefits of fruits and
vegetables, but they often don`t know how to incorporate them
into their diet," said senior author Christine Cole Johnson.
"That`s why our study worked. Using online programmes,
we were able to offer study participants practical and easy
tips to increase their daily fruit and vegetable intake."
As part of the study, the team recruited members of
Health Alliance Plan and four other HMOs in Seattle, Denver,
Minneapolis and Atlanta, ages 21 to 65, American Journal of
Public Health reported.
The participants were divided in to three groups -- a
control online programme that provided general information for
the participants about improving their fruit and vegetable
A programme that was similar but personalised to the
individual`s needs and a programme that incorporated the other
two components and was also supplemented with motivational
interviewing counselling via e-mail.
At the end of the study, researchers found that there
was improvement across all study groups, but the most
significant changes were with the group that had motivational
interviewing and counselling.
"We found that giving participants gentle reminders that
refocused them on their goals greatly improved progress," said
co-author Gwen Alexander.
"They were being held accountable for their progress,
which became a key motivator".