Beauty salons hold promise as nutrition promoters


We have heard from our parents to eat healthy food, eat green vegetables and fruits.  Some of you might have consulted your dietician, nutritionist or other health experts. A recent study showed that hair stylists also play a major role in improving your eating habits. Hair stylists! Yes! I was also surprised to hear that. Let’s take a look about this interesting study:

About the study
The study was conducted by Johnson and her colleagues from South Carolina State and Florida State University, Tallahassee. Researchers studied two beauty salons in a rural African-American community of South Carolina.

For 6 weeks, one of the beauty salons started a health intervention program called “Steps for a New You” which provided additional information to the customers including scripted motivational sessions, informational packets and starter kits with sample of fruits and vegetables. The other salon didn’t start any program and carried on as usual.

The researchers found that the women who received nutritional information and materials from their hair dressers increased their average fruit and vegetable intake from about 2 servings a day, based on a pre-program questionnaire, to 3 and a half a day at the end of the program.

The findings of the study are appeared in Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Basis of the study
The basis to conduct the...

study in  African-American women is generally African-American women consume fewer fruits and vegetables, get less exercise and drink smaller amounts of water than white women. Such habits are enough to put them at a higher risk for obesity, which can trigger diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables
The recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables varies based on age and activity level; however, health experts generally recommended at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables.

Everybody would like to look good. The advice given by trusted beautician or hair dresser matters a lot for the people and especially for women.  Since this is a small study conducted at two places, more data with longer time frame may further add value in improving the dietary habits of people. Beauty salons may be great place to disseminate health information and while getting your hair trimmed, you can get advice on trimming your diet.

Healthy Eating!

Source: msnbc

2 Responses

  1. Xavier Ruiz says:

    I really find that interesting. Been following your blog for a couple days now and I truly like what I see. Keep up the good work!

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