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Promoting Vitamin E Awareness and Adequacy Among College Students

Lacey, Janet, DrPH, MS, RDN; Zeswitz, Ellen, BS; McGuire, Brandon, BS

doi: 10.1097/TIN.0000000000000146
Original Research

An introductory nutrition course was redesigned to emphasize vitamin E's importance throughout the lifespan by way of a specially developed, PowerPoint presentation and brochure, a food-tasting event, and frequent discussions. Initial and final vitamin E intakes and knowledge were assessed. Forty-six college health students (14 male and 32 female), mean age (standard deviation) 20.5 (1.0) years, initially had low intakes of vitamin E-rich foods. Those with low intakes had a higher percentage of carbohydrates and had a poor knowledge base. Consumption of vitamin E increased substantially for all students by the end of the semester. Given its crucial role in preserving brain health, vitamin E should receive widespread attention to ensure adequacy.

Department of Nutrition, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester.

Correspondence: Janet Lacey, DrPH, MS, RDN, Department of Nutrition, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA 19383 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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