With rapid progress on technology, internet has been within reach. A lot of stores and areas offer free wi-fi. Even phones and tablets have built-in wi-fi. As internet becomes accessible, more and more people join social networking site, particularly Facebook.
Facebook has been the world’s biggest social networking site with more than one billion users, which allows its users to have public profiles and connect with one another by posting information and messages. In the Philippines, there are more than 27,700,000 Facebook users, mostly18-24 years old, according to the 2012 data of SocialBakers (a social media analyst company).
Though Facebook is intended for personal interest, some organizations now utilize it for marketing their products and services, or raising people’s awareness. True enough, disseminating food and nutrition information through Facebook improves nutrition knowledge of college students, according to an undergraduate study of Manila Tytana College.
Student researchers created a Facebook page, NUTRI-CLICK, where three lessons were disseminated: nutrition, fruits, and vegetables. Nutrition experts and panel members validated these lessons before uploading it to the page. Comparing the pre-test and post-test results, college students’ knowledge improved from satisfactory to excellent level.
Researchers proposed to utilize online nutrition education program as a way to communicate health information and hopefully, make an impact on communities.
The study won 1st place in nutrition and dietetics category at 39th Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) Undergraduate Research Paper Competition held last July 2013, which was sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
- Written by Hope R. Bongolan