Resolving Time and Convenience Issues in Nutrition Education

Posted on 5/5/2017 10:00:57 AM

Capturing the attention of students after a busy day of classes is difficult, but not impossible. At Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion introduced a unique concept, “Health Hut to Go.”

Student presenters for “Health Hut to Go” This format takes advantage of convenience in information-seeking behavior. Different health topics are highlighted Mondays through Thursdays in the lobby of residence halls, with one hall targeted for each evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The health topics change every two weeks.

The students who present provide a sound bite of health lasting 30 seconds to one minute. The sound bite can include a game or other interactive activity as well as an informational poster, brochure, and/or handout.

During National Nutrition Month, students in the Community Nutrition Class prepared “Health Hut to Go” presentations that dealt with nutrition issues facing students living in the residence halls such as healthy eating on and off campus, quick and healthy microwave recipes in a mug, sugars in foods, and myths and facts about nutrition. Participation was excellent, with over 400 students reached during the two weeks of presentations.

The “Health Hut to Go” concept provides an opportunity to hone the public speaking skills of upper-level nutrition students, engage students in nutrition in a convenient and entertaining way, and introduce underclassmen to the food and nutrition major.

Department of Food and Nutrition