Washington: Online tips on the benefits offruits and vegetables inspire people to eat healthy, a newstudy has claimed. A 12-month-long study by researchers at Henry FordHospital, in the US, showed that when given access to anonline programme about fruits and vegetables, people increasedtheir daily fruit and vegetable intake by more than twoservings.
The participants were divided in to three groups -- acontrol online programme that provided general information forthe participants about improving their fruit and vegetableintake. A programme that was similar but personalised to theindividual`s needs and a programme that incorporated the othertwo components and was also supplemented with motivationalinterviewing counselling via e-mail.
At the end of the study, researchers found that therewas improvement across all study groups, but the mostsignificant changes were with the group that had motivationalinterviewing and counselling. "We found that giving participants gentle reminders thatrefocused them on their goals greatly improved progress," saidco-author Gwen Alexander.
"They were being held accountable for their progress,which became a key motivator". PTI