Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School

Health Sciences

Committee Member

Heather Hutchins-Wiese PhD, RD

Committee Member

Judi Brooks PhD, RD


Most Americans do not consume recommended intakes of fruits and vegetables (F/Vs). Hands-on nutrition education applies social cognitive theory as participants practice preparing F/Vs. This study compared a four-week hands-on nutrition education program (L+HO) with lecture only (L) in older adults with assessments at baseline and weeks four and eight. Twenty-three women over the age of 50 participated in either four, 90-minute weekly L+HO classes (n = 14) or four, 40-minute weekly L nutrition education classes (n = 9). Vegetable intake significantly increased at four weeks compared to baseline for both intervention groups. Vegetable intake increased at eight weeks compared to baseline but was only significant for the L group. Fruit intake increased for both intervention groups with significance observed only when the groups were combined for the overall impact of nutrition education. Results did not support a greater increase in F/V intake in the L+HO group for various possible reasons.