Evaluation of nutrition knowledge and nutrition education intervention among pupils attending public primary school in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State

Evaluation of nutrition knowledge and nutrition education intervention among pupils attending public primary school in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State

Author by Mr. Ademola Akinlade

Journal/Publisher: Acta Satech

Volume/Edition: 12

Language: English

Pages: 37 - 45

Abstract

This study was conducted to evaluate nutrition knowledge and nutrition education intervention among primary
school pupils aged 6 to 10 years. A total of 250 primary school pupils from Ilishan-Remo participated in this study
using a multistage sampling method technique to select the sample size. A structured questionnaire divided into two
sections socio-demographic and nutrition knowledge was administered to the children and six nutrition education
classes were held for the children using a developed nutrition education material “Nestle Healthy Kids Children
Manual”. Data generated were analysed using statistical package for social sciences version 20.0 for descriptive
statistics such as frequency, percentage, and inferential statistics (chi-square test) for the association between
variables. T-test was used to test the difference between pre and post-nutritional knowledge of the pupils.
The study revealed that more than half of the pupils (54.4%) were females and (45.6%) were males. Pre and posttest
nutritional knowledge were 16.4% and 54.8% respectively, while there was a significant difference between
pre and post-nutritional knowledge (15.79±4.79) and (21.62±5.83) at P?0.05.
Based on the findings, the study showed that a good nutrition education program has a positive impact on nutrition
knowledge and healthy eating habit among primary school pupils, which would provide good health throughout
their lives.


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