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Culturally relevant nutrition education improves dietary quality among WIC-eligible Vietnamese immigrants.

OBJECTIVE: To provide culturally appropriate nutrition education to improve the diets of Vietnamese women. DESIGN: A total of 152 homemakers were recruited to participate in a nutrition education project, with 76 receiving the intervention and 76 serving as the control group. SUBJECTS/SETTING: Non-English-speaking women eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) with incomes below 185% of the poverty level living in 5 California counties. INTERVENTION: Bicultural, bilingual Vietnamese-American nutrition education assistants taught 5 to 7 lessons in the Vietnamese language using nutrition education materials written in the Vietnamese language by 2 bilingual, bicultural nutritionists. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Twenty-four-hour food recalls were obtained before and after the 8-week interval on the treatment and control groups. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS: To examine if there were changes over time in nutrient intake and nutrient density within groups, matched pair t tests were done. Analysis of covariance techniques determined differences between groups. McNemar tests determined if, within groups, there were changes over time in food groups consumed. Chi-square techniques determined changes between groups. RESULTS: Over time, the number of treatment group participants who had at least one serving from each food group ( P <.01), and who had the recommended number of servings from each food group ( P <.05), significantly increased in comparison to the control group. Over time, the dietary nutrient density of calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B6 ( P <.05), as well as potassium ( P <.01), of treatment group participants significantly improved in comparison to the control group. IMPLICATIONS: With training, bilingual, bicultural women can effectively deliver culturally relevant nutrition education to their peers.[1]


  1. Culturally relevant nutrition education improves dietary quality among WIC-eligible Vietnamese immigrants. Ikeda, J.P., Pham, L., Nguyen, K.P., Mitchell, R.A. Journal of nutrition education and behavior. (2002) [Pubmed]
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