Videocassette use in diet instruction

P. W. Pace, J. C. Henske, B. J. Whitfill, S. M. Andrews, M. L. Russell, J. L. Probstfield, William Insull

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of using a five-minute videocassette for increasing diet-related knowledge, for modifying attitudes concerning the importance of eating breakfast, and for changing the breakfast habits or participants in the Coronary Primary Prevention Trial - a long-term, multicenter trial of drug and diet therapy. A videocassette 'Breakfast in a Hurry', was developed and produced by the dietitians at the Baylor-Methodist Lipid Research Clinic. It was designed to increase the adherence of the trial participants to the moderately low-cholesterol protocol diet by demonstrating acceptable breakfast eating patterns. The participants were evaluated on their knowledge of food choices that would constitute a 'balanced meal', on their attitudes about the importance of specific meals, and on their actual eating behaviors as tabulated from seven-day food records. These data were gathered before the patients viewed the videocassette, one week afterward, and two months later. To quantify a behavior change, tabulations were made before and after the instructions. These tabulations were of the components of a balanced breakfast (as defined on the videocassette) which were recorded on the participants' seven-day food records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Dietetic Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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