I. López-Azpiazu e-mail(Inicie sesión) , Miguel Ángel Martinez-González e-mail(Inicie sesión) , A. León-Mateos e-mail(Inicie sesión) , J.A. Martínez e-mail(Inicie sesión) , J. Kearney e-mail(Inicie sesión) , M. Gibney e-mail(Inicie sesión)

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I. López-Azpiazu e-mail(Inicie sesión)
Miguel Ángel Martinez-González e-mail(Inicie sesión)
A. León-Mateos e-mail(Inicie sesión)
J.A. Martínez e-mail(Inicie sesión)
J. Kearney e-mail(Inicie sesión)
M. Gibney e-mail(Inicie sesión)

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Objective: To know the sources of information and the level of trust in these sources in a population to facilitate the promotion of healthy dietary habits.

Patients and methods: A national survey was carried out according to an established protocol on a representative sample of 1009 Spanish subjects over 15 years of age selected by a random multietapic procedure. This study belongs to the Spanish partnership in a pan-European Survey about sources of information on healthy eating and their level of trust. The analysis was focussed on the evaluation of the 5 most frequently chosen sources.

Results: There was a trend towards a greater use and trust in "Health professionals" than other sources. Thus, about 26% of the respondents mentioning "health professionals" as the source of information on healthy eating. However, "TV/radioU (25.7%) was almost so often selected as "Health professionals". About 17.4% of subjects declared that they obtained no information at al1 on healthy eating. Subjects with university level of studies exhibited a greater mention of "Health professionals", while individuals belonging to higher socio-economic levels preferred "TVIradio". The degree of trust was higher for messages obtained from "Health professionals" (89.9%) and the "Department of Health" (78.7%) and lower for information obtained from "newspaper" (34.2%) and "advertising" (1 7.6%).

Conclusion: Nutrition and health educators must promote dietary guidelines through the appropriate channels for communicating messages to different targets groups.

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Spain, Sources of information, Nutrition, Diet, Health education

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Miguel Ángel Martinez-González, University of Navarra. Faculty of Medicine Irunlarrea s/n

31080 Pamplona

J. Kearney, lnstitute for European Food Studies.

Dublin