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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Healthy eating knowledge and its consequences among rural secondary school learners in Vhembe district, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

This study assessed knowledge of healthy eating and its consequences among rural secondary school learners. The study adopted a quantitative approach using a descriptive survey design. Data were collected from 321 randomly selected learners aged 14 - 18 years using a self-administered questionnaire. Permission was obtained from all relevant authorities. Parents/learners' informed consent was obtained. The majority (88%; n= 289) of learners did not know the basic nutrients found in food as compared to only 12% (n=32) who knew. Similarly, the majority (88% n= 289) of learners did not know food items that supply people with the basic nutrients as compared to only 12% (n=32) who knew. The conclusion was that rural secondary school learners in Vhembe district possessed inadequate knowledge of healthy eating. As a consequence, learners chose to buy and eat non-nutritious food items during school breaks. Education about healthy eating habits should be intensified in rural schools of Vhembe district.

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2014-12-01
2019-10-18

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