Thursday, November 13, 2014

Internet and text can make college students (a bit) healthier

Late nights, beer bongs, hookups, tobacco--there may be room for improvement in the health of some college kids.

The Univ of Florida (Gainesville) did a study in which students nationwide from 18-24 received individually targeted messages. (J of Nutrition Education and Behavior)

The results were not earthshattering--no one gained or lost weight. But the researchers said the awareness gained moved from from contemplating a change to acting on that and changing.

In fact, the scientists called their messages interventions, or less drastic sounding, "nudges.". Most were aimed at getting the young people to eat more fruits and veggies.

The messages varied depending on whether the student was pre-contemplation or an active phase.

To me this is sort of like nagging, but I guess propaganda does have its uses.

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