Cami S. Wells

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Parham, Ellen S.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences


Northern Illinois University--Students--Nutrition; Ingestion; College students--Illinois--De Kalb--Nutrition; Dormitory life--Illinois--De Kalb; Nutrition--Illinois--De Kalb; Diet--Illinois--De Kalb


The objective o f this study was to determine if there is a difference in the food intake o f college students living in a residence hall that uses a traditional meal plan compared with the nutritional intake o f students living in a residence hall that uses a flexible meal plan. Traditional meal plans are defined as mandatory plans that cover 19 to 20 meals per week. Flexible meal plans in this study offer "dining dollars" which students apply as cash credits for the purchase food. The subjects o f the study included 202 students randomly selected from Northern Illinois University. The short-form (60-item) food frequency questionnaire from the National Cancer Institute's Health Habits and History Questionnaire was used to assess food intake. The food categories and serving sizes were set to the Food Guide Pyramid definitions for each food category. Students were also asked to complete a demographics questionnaire. The pool o f respondents from each residence hall were similar in terms o f years o f age, gender distribution, and year in school. After performing independent t tests for each food category, no significant differences in food intake were found between students using a traditional meal plan and students using a flexible meal plan.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [41]-42)


v, 50 pages




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