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Authors : Renuka Mainde & Rekha Sharma

Page Nos : 566- 576

Description :
The present study was conducted at Mahindra and Mahindra, one of the Asia’s largest tractor manufacturing plant in Central India. About 178 executives were selected using judgemental sampling method. The quasi experimental design was selected. The impact of modified canteen menu on BMI, serum cholesterol and triglycerides of executives were studied. Under pre test the in house dietician computed the fat and calorie contents of the of meals served in canteen similarly executives were assessed for BMI, serum cholesterol and serum triglycerides. The amount of oil used for cooking meals were also recorded. Intervention steps included modification in recipes to reduce fat content and the training to cooks. The Executives were given nutrition education on importance of fat reduction and its role in prevention of lifestyle disease. Post intervention impact of modified menu was observed on BMI, serum cholesterol and triglycerides levels at the end of six months. Results indicated the significant decrease in mean fat contents of lunch/ dinner (p< 0.05) after modification in meals. The oil consumption reduced by almost 20 %. Employees started adapting the changed menu and availability of healthy options. The post test results showed significant (p=0.000) reduction in mean BMI, serum cholesterol and triglycerides from the pre test means. It can be concluded from the study that healthier food served in industrial lunchrooms-canteen have a greater impact on improving the dietary habits of the executives.