Evaluating the Dietary Guidelines: the Development of an Evaluation Tool
Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management
Public Health and Sports Medicine
This study developed a questionnaire of dietary behavior which determines adherence to the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines, while remaining concise. Previous research indicates that no previous assessment tools were able to both accurately assess dietary behaviors while maintaining brevity. A 26 item questionnaire was developed by the researcher and validated by a panel of experts. Participants included 412 students, ages 18-22 enrolled in Fitness for Life at Missouri State University. The results from factor analysis with orthogonal rotation and Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin measure imply that the questionnaire was both a valid and reliable assessment tool. Six factors resulted from the data analysis: vegetable/fruit, meat, healthy choices, unhealthy choices, dairy, and grains. These factors support the findings and recommendations of the Dietary guidelines.
dietary guidelines, dietary behavior, assessment tool, validity
Health and Medical Administration
© Jonathan Mooney
Mooney, Jonathan, "Evaluating the Dietary Guidelines: the Development of an Evaluation Tool" (2006). MSU Graduate Theses. 1557.