Date of Award

8-1-2014

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Animal Science

First Advisor

Long Roth, Sara

Second Advisor

Davis, Nicole

Abstract

AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF LANIE HAERTLING, for the Master of Science degree in Food & Nutrition, presented on December 9, 2013, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale TITLE: THE STUDY OF FOOD ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTHFULNESS OF DIET IN THE POPULATION ATTENDING THE GOOD FOOD: LOCAL PROGRAM IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Sara Long Roth Objective: Distinguish six attributes of the Good Food: Local program participants. Design: At the first class of each Good Food: Local course a survey was administered to all participants. Subjects and Setting: The study included participants age 18 or older who attended a Good Food: Local event during the months of June to September, 2013. Statistical Analysis: Statistical analyses used to analyze the data include: frequencies, Cross tabulations, Spearman Rank Test and Pearson's Correlation. Results: The population reported to consume more fruits and vegetables than the national average, live in close distance to a large grocery store, not be confined by cost when purchasing groceries and felt comfortable preparing meals from a recipe. The main barriers to purchasing local specialty crops are availability, convenience. and cost. Conclusions: Results of this study can be used in developing future curriculums for programs increasing familiarity with local specialty crops.

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