A formative evaluation of the Eat Smart!: workplace Cafeteria Program at St. Peter's Hospital

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Dawson, Jody

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University of Guelph


The aim of this study was to conduct a formative evaluation of the Eat Smart! Workplace Cafeteria Program in a hospital cafeteria in Hamilton, Ontario. Staff were primarily nurses and women between the ages of 40 and 50. The respondents' level of awareness of the program, attitudes towards the program, intentions to change behaviours and short-term behaviour change were assessed using a self-administered, mailed survey. The Tailored Design Method (Dillman, 2000) was used, resulting in a 51% response rate. Most respondents purchased meals, snacks and beverages regularly in the cafeteria, suggesting that exposure to the program was fairly high. Respondents identified many benefits of the program; they also suggested areas of the program that could be further developed and improved. This evaluation is a precursor to other evaluations of this program (i.e., other process and outcome evaluations), and will inform the development and implementation of other cafeteria and similar programs.



formative evaluation, Eat Smart! Workplace Cafeteria Program, hospital cafeteria, Hamilton, Ontario, awareness, attitudes, intention, behaviours