New study on eating healthy at the University

27 Jan, 2022

It is with great pleasure that our research team has recently published the article "Strategies to Promote Healthy Eating Among University Students: A Qualitative Study Using the Nominal Group Technique" on Frontiers in Nutrition.

We used a nominal group technique (NGT) to elicit ideas from 39 students from the University of Parma, to (1) understand the main dietary changes that students experience after starting university; (2) determine the personal and objective factors that hinder healthy eating, and (3) define possible strategies to facilitate healthier diets among university students. A thematic analysis was conducted to compare the priorities across groups. Forty-three themes were elected as the most significant changes related to diet, 39 themes related to personal barriers, 43 themes related to objective barriers, and 55 themes related to strategies. To find out all the participant's ideas regarding dietary changes, barriers to healthy eating, and possible strategies to maintain a healthy diet, you can find the full article here.

This study was part of a wider project called CONSUMEHealth. Using consumer science to improve healthy eating habits and had received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 749514.

A big thank to all my co-authors: Rungsaran Wongprawmas, Davide Menozzi, and Cristina Mora of the Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma.


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