Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


Objective: To examine the nutrition-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of women of childbearing age and factors which might affect future pregnancies. Participants: University of Northern Colorado undergraduate, non-pregnant females between the ages of 18-24 (n=138). Methods: A valid and reliable survey was administered in March 2012 to assess participant’s demographics, knowledge concerning prenatal and pregnancy nutrition, and behaviors and attitudes towards body image, weight, and diet. Results: Half of participants were currently sexually active, yet only 73% were currently using or had used a form of birth control; 35% responded correctly regarding adequate food sources of folate/folic acid; thirty to fifty percent of participants did not meet recommended daily intakes of vegetables, fruits, grains and fish. Conclusion: College females may need more education on preconception and prenatal nutrition. Information gathered will be used to implement intervention programs and develop an appropriate nutrition education toolkit to be used on college campuses.