The primary objective of this study is to test effectiveness of an environmental
intervention designed to encourage healthy food intake during meals. It is hypothesized that
fruit, vegetable, whole grain, lean protein, and low-fat dairy consumption will increase
during the intervention. It is also hypothesized that nutrition knowledge, attitudes, and
behaviors will change as a result of the intervention. The findings from this study will
provide insight into the applicability of this intervention in military dining facilities.
Previous studies attempting to increase consumption of healthy foods in military dining
facilities have had mixed results, and alternative approaches need to be considered. The
present intervention was designed with the results of previous studies in mind, and as such,
does not focus on labeling only healthy food choices. Instead, the present intervention aims
to encourage consumption of nutritionally well-balanced meals using an environmental cue in
military dining facilities.
- Military member or government civilian employee
- Normally eat in military dining facility at least 1 day per week.