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Hillis, S.J. (2013). Understanding the process by which a healthy population seeks nutrition and exercise information (Unpublished master's thesis). University of Nebraska, Lincoln.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Nutrition and Health Sciences, Under the Supervision of Professor Fayrene L. Hamouz. Lincoln, Nebraska: November, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Sally J Hillis


Faced with an overwhelming amount of available sources and different perspectives, researchers in the field of Nutrition and Health Sciences continually strive to identify key factors that shape a healthy lifestyle. Employing a qualitative methods design, this pilot study research project utilized a constructivist grounded theory approach to develop a model explaining the process by which healthy individuals acquire nutrition and exercise information. This model rests on the philosophical views and actions of participants in seeking meaningful and reliable sources guiding their decision-making strategies and offers a more complete understanding of this process. Implications of this research would be to continue to develop a useful instrument for testing and elaborating upon the model developed from this research. Long-range goal of this research will ultimately assist educators and practitioners develop interdisciplinary curricula for the general population, health professionals, and others interested in learning about this process.

Advisor: Fayrene L. Hamouz