ASSESSMENT OF THE LEVEL OF HEALTH AND NUTRITION EDUCATION KNOWLEDGE AMONG HOUSEHOLDS IN UMUAHIA
Keywords:Health, Nutrition, Education, Households
The study determined the need for Nutrition and Health Education among members of different households
in the urban city of Umuahia. Two research questions guided the study. A descriptive survey design was
employed for the study. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire and validated.
The questionnaire elicited information on the demographic characteristics of the household members,
information on the need for health and nutrition education to be promoted and the expected skills necessary
for the nutrition and health education. Multistage cluster sampling technique was adopted to elicit
information from 400 respondents from 90 households. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained
using Pearson product moment correlation coefficient which yielded a reliability index of 0.63. The data
collected were analyzed using mean to answer question one and two. The result of the showed that household
members within Umuahia have an agreeable level of nutrition education knowledge. Item No 9 with a mean
of 1. 65 indicate that good job may not necessarily depend on knowledge of health and nutrition education.
While answer to research question two showed that these households do not utilize these skills in promoting
health and nutrition education knowledge. The target population area is Umuahia south and North L.G.A.
added to support estimated level of nutrition education among households. The study recommended that
regular advocacy on health and nutrition education be organized by independent, non-governmental and
governmental agencies to enhance and promote family and national development.