International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Research Paper | Health & Nutrition | Nigeria | Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023

Effects of Educational Intervention on Dietary Pattern and Nutrition Intake among Elders in Oyo State, Nigeria

Udontre Emmanuel | Olubiyi Kayode | Oyadiran Gifty | Ajibade Bayo | Akinfolarin Oseyemi

Abstract: Adequate nutrition is crucial for good health, well - being, growth, and development throughout the life course. It is necessary for improved geriatric health, and longevity. Poor nutrition and bad eating habits can cause, preventable illness, reduced life span and premature death. Previous studies had identified poor nutritional habits and dietary patterns among Nigerians. These could be corrected through health education at the community level thereby improving longevity among older adults. This was a quasi - experimental, one group pre and post intervention study. A structured validated and pre - tested questionnaire was used for collection of data from 480 adults 50 years and above, who met the eligibility criteria. A pre - assessment, nutrition education and a post assessment were done to determine modification in habits and practices. Analysis was done based on responses from 468 participants available at the post intervention assessment. The study identified negative nutritional habits and a few positive ones among the respondents. Significant improvements were observed in the number adopting positive habits and a reduction in the negative habits post intervention (47.9% - 73.5%). The study concluded that health education has significant positive influence over adoption of healthy nutrition and subsequently healthy ageing and should be mounted regularly at Primary health care centers.

Keywords: Educational intervention, Nutritional intake, Dietary pattern, Healthy ageing, Elders

Edition: Volume 12 Issue 12, December 2023,

Pages: 1481 - 1489

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