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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 6
First page : (97) Last page : (103)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5368

Impact of Nutrition Education and Communication on Dietary Intake and Hemoglobin Level of Rural Adolescent Schoolgirls (age 13-16yrs)

Geetha K.*, Savita Hulamani and Shivaleela H. B.
University of agricultural sciences, AICRP-Home Science (Foods and Nutrition), GKVK, Bengaluru-65
*Corresponding Author E-mail: aicrpnutrition@gmail.com
Received: 2.08.2017  |  Revised: 6.09.2017   |  Accepted: 10.09.2017  


Adolescence girls are more vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition, stunting, anemia etc, because of frequent erratic eating pattern, lack of nutritional knowledge and poor dietary habits. The present study is carried out to know the Impact of nutrition education and communication on dietary intake and Hemoglobin level of rural adolescent school girls (age 13-16yrs). Totally 965 adolescent school girls in the age group 13-16 years were selected and screened for their hemoglobin status of which 363 were found to be  anemic based on their Hb content (<12g/dl). The subjects were further grouped into two groups’ control (150) and experimental (150). Preliminary baseline information was collected from the subjects using pretested questionnaire and interviewing the adolescent girls. Diet survey for Ten percent of the subjects  (control 35 and experiment 35) was carried out by 24 hr recall method using standardized cups and vessels for three consecutive days, both pre and post period of the study. Nutrition education was imparted only to the experimental group on various aspects of food namely food groups, nutritious balanced diet, deficiency disorder , sources of nutrients from foods ,RDA and RDI for adolescents girls, health, hygiene and sanitation utilizing locally available foods in daily diet, governmental and nongovernmental programmes aimed at adolescent girls. The present study revealed that IEC intervention could bring about a positive change in the overall well being of the rural adolescent girls. Hence, continued IEC will definitely have a positive effect on the health nutritional status who are future mothers and who are responsible for health of their family members.

Key words: Rural adolescent school girls, IEC programme, Food intake, Diet survey

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Cite this article: Geetha, K., Hulamani, S., and Shivaleela, H.B., Impact of Nutrition Education and communication on dietary intake and Hemoglobin Level of Rural Adolescent Schoolgirls (age 13-16yrs), Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(6): 97-103 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5368