A Survey of undergraduate student perceptions and use of nutrition information labels in a university dining hall


Journal Article (Review)

Objective: To examine undergraduate student perceptions and reported use of nutrition information labels in campus dining halls. Design: Paper surveys were administered to a convenience sample of undergraduates. Setting: This study was conducted at an urban United States university. Method: A survey about perceptions and use of nutrition information labels in the dining halls was distributed to 487 students over a three-month period during the 2009-2010 academic year. Results: Of survey respondents, 98% were in favour of making nutrition information available to students, while 96% preferred the information to appear in the dining halls or both in the dining halls and online, rather than online only. Some 88% of survey respondents indicated that the labels affect their food choices at least sometimes. Conclusion: The results suggest that college and university dining halls should consider student opinion when deciding whether to provide nutrition information labels in the dining halls. © The Author(s) 2012.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martinez, OD; Roberto, CA; Kim, JH; Schwartz, MB; Brownell, KD

Published Date

  • May 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 319 - 325

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1748-8176

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0017-8969

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0017896912443120

Citation Source

  • Scopus