TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN NUTRITION EDUCATION

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dc.contributor.author Gehle, Alyssa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-11T18:48:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-11T18:48:03Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/35586
dc.description.abstract I completed my field experience with Shawnee County Research and Extension from August 2016 through February 2017. During this time, I increased my public health knowledge and skills. Throughout my experience, I developed social media posts for the programs, Healthy You and Baby, Too and Walk Kansas. After developing the social media component, I developed a training session for the nutrition educators so the social media could be implemented properly. After training, the technology component of the Walk Kansas program was implemented. There are benefits and challenges to using technology and social media for nutrition education; however, I believe the benefits outweigh the challenges in this particular case. Overall, technology is another platform that can be implemented to encourage healthy eating habits in the public and specific target groups. Technology and social media are increasingly becoming integral parts of society. According to the Pew Research Center, 81% of Americans get at least some of their news from online sources such as websites, apps or social networking sites (Mitchell, Gottfried, Barthel, & Shearer, 2016). Because many Americans are using technology to gain information, it is important that correct information is published on these platforms. Health information is no different, 72% of adults have gone online to look at medical information for himself or herself or someone else (Fox & Duggan, 2013). These statistics show that health information and news is being viewed via technology, and to interact with those seeking out information, technology needs to be used. Through this project, we were able to create text messages, Facebook posts, and tweets that could reach large audiences in the hopes of increasing knowledge of nutrition related subjects. By using technology, we hope to increase the public’s knowledge of nutrition and help to direct them to research-based sites that can better serve their needs. Although Facebook posts, tweets, and text messages were developed, we will focus on Facebook as that was found to be what many of our participants were using to find their information aside from search engines (EFNEP technology use survey. 2016). en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Social Media en_US
dc.subject Nutrition en_US
dc.subject Educatoin en_US
dc.subject Technology en_US
dc.title TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIAL MEDIA IN NUTRITION EDUCATION en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Public Health en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Public Health Interdepartmental Program en_US
dc.description.advisor Tandalayo Kidd en_US
dc.date.published 2017 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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