A Pilot Nutrition Intervention for University Employees: Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Tue Apr 30, 2019
Senate Chamber Room
Promoting Health & Wellness

A healthy diet focused on increased fiber intake is attributed to decreased incidences of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases.  Only one in 10 adults eat the recommended fiber-rich fruits and vegetables for optimum health outcomes. The health benefits ascribed to dietary fiber include prevention of obesity, T2DM, and heart disease. There is evidence to support that medical management is not a substitute for nutritional excellence in the treatment of these leading causes of mortality in the United States.

The Full Plate Diet is a structured, evidence-based nutrition program that is feasible to implement in an academic setting and may decrease incidences of obesity and improve healthy eating habits. Future research studies should be conducted with a larger sample of faculty and staff on university campuses to increase intake of high fiber foods to improve the health of the academic workforce.

Loureen Downes Program Director, DNP Program, Florida Gulf Coast University

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