Examination of the variance in fruit and vegetable intake among faculty and staff members within various university colleges
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The purpose of this study was to assess fruit and vegetable intake among university faculty and staff members. A 15-item online questionnaire was used to collect the data. The 2- Item Fruit/Vegetable Screener developed by the National Cancer Institute were utilized for this survey, with permission. A total of 146 university faculty and staff members participated in this study, with 30 males and 115 females. Information on shopping habits, perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption was also obtained. Results were analyzed using independent t- tests and ANOVA to identify differences in fruit and vegetable intake between age, gender, position and department of participants. Results indicate that the participants consumed an average of 2 servings each of fruits and vegetables per day. No significant differences between age, gender, position or department regarding fruit and vegetable consumption. The results of fruit and vegetable juice were similar. Commonly perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable purchases included lack of time, poor quality of fresh fruits and vegetables in the local markets, and price. Effective nutrition education materials could be developed to meet the lifestyle needs of adults in a university setting and address the identified barriers to fruit and vegetable purchases.