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Background: Over nutrition is one of the health problems occurring in every age group. Novice monks are also facing this problem. Improving the health literacy of this group could lead to consumption behavior leading to prevention and solution of this over nutrition problem.
Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effects of the health literacy and food consumption behavior promotion program among over-nutrition novice monks in general education section of Phrapariyattidham school, Chiang Mai Province.
Methods: This study was a two-group experimental pretest-posttest design. The subjects were the novice monks in grade 7-12, divided into two groups which were the experimental group (n=38) and the control group (n=38). The duration of health literacy and food consumption behavior promotion program was 8 weeks. There were 6 face-to-face activities. The instrument used for data collection was the questionnaire regarding health literacy and food consumption behavior. The health literacy scores within and between groups were analyzed using paired
t-test, and independent t-test.
Results: The results showed that after participating in the health literacy program, the experimental group had a significantly higher mean score of health literacy for over-nutrition prevention than the scores before participating in the health literacy program (p<.001) and that of the control group (p<.05). In addition, the mean scores of food consumption behavior between before and after participating in the program of the experimental group and the control group were not significantly different.
Conclusions: This health literacy program resulted in an improvement in the health literacy of novice monks. However, food consumption behavior before and after attending the program were not significantly different. This could be due to some extrinsic factors that should be concerned in the further study.
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