Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Fuqua

Second Advisor

Dr. James Kaye

Third Advisor

Dr. James Carr

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study provides descriptive information about the dietary knowledge and intake of community-based young adults who have been diagnosed with a number of disabilities. A nutrition education curriculum was implemented for the Experimental group (N=9) and at a later date for the Delayed Intervention group (N=9). Results indicated that the three-week nutrition education curriculum produced moderate improvement in participants' nutritional knowledge and moderate improvement in nutritional value of foods chosen from a menu. However, the intervention proved to have a negligible effect on the nutritional value of foods consumed within this population of individuals.

Based on the results of this study the conclusion can be made that a nutrition education curriculum or merely education alone is insufficient in increasing the amount of nutritionally valuable foods consumed. It is unclear however, by this data, had there been more of an increase in knowledge levels of nutrition if there would have been a corresponding increase in nutritional values of foods consumed. Future research should attempt to conclude this question as well as focus on the various controlling variables of which food consumption is a function that are presented in this study.

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