Calcium: Knowledge and perceptions of Calgary interfaith food bank clients
LE3 .A278 2004
Bachelor of Science
Nutrition & Dietetics
Research has shown that food bank use is an indicator of food insecurity status and low income. Furthermore, calcium has been identified as a mineral of concern in these populations. The purpose of this study was to examine a food bank populationâ€™s attitudes and perceptions of physical activity, nutrition and calcium. The sample consisted of 197 individuals. Researchers developed an exploratory questionnaire to assess clientsâ€™ perceptions of general health, physical activity, nutrition and calcium intake and knowledge. Findings revealed that 71.1% of participants identified price as the main factor influencing food selection. Nearly 50% of respondents felt that their intake did not meet their nutritional needs and 20.3% were unaware of their nutritional needs. Over 75.1% of participants perceived calcium as an important nutrient; however, 47.2% believed that their intakes were insufficient and 15.7% were not sure of their calcium needs. More men were uncertain of calcium sources (p=0.022) and more women selected cost as a barrier to calcium consumption (p=0.009). These results indicate a need for education services for food bank users to promote economical sources of calcium as an important component of a balanced diet.
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