Document Type : Research Article
Background: Sugar sweetened beverages are the largest source of added sugar in the diet today. Drinking high amount of Sugar sweetened beverages such as soda-can have various adverse impacts on health, ranges from increased chances of tooth decay to a high risk of heart disease and metabolic disorders. The current study aimed to assess the effectiveness of planned teaching programme on knowledge regarding effects of sugar sweetened beverages on health among 1st year Basic B.Sc. Nursing students in a selected Nursing college, Karad. Methods: An evaluative research approach was used for the study. The study was carried out in selected nursing college by one group pre-test post-test design. Non-probability purposive sampling technique was used for selecting 80 1st year Basic B.Sc. nursing students. On the 1st day Structured knowledge questionnaire was used for collecting data and planned teaching programme on effects sugar sweetened beverages on health was conducted and followed by post-test on the 7th day. The data collected, tabulated and analyzed in terms of objectives of the study using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results: The mean pre-test knowledge score was 13.3 and post-test knowledge score was 19.4 and paired‘t’ test value was 9.5 (p<0.01) showing significant increase in the knowledge scores. Chi-square test results show that there was a significant association between knowledge scores of nursing students with the monthly income of the family.
Conclusion: Health education programs and awareness for public should be increased on effects of sugar sweetened beverages.