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Table 3 Pre- to post-survey changes in perceived ease or difficulty of making healthy food choices and preparing home cooked meals (N = 7,422)

From: Massive open online nutrition and cooking course for improved eating behaviors and meal composition

  Pre-survey Post-survey  
  # % # % P-value
How Easy or Difficult Is It To:      
Avoid Processed Foods      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 3300 45.7 4030 55.8  
 Neutral 2043 28.3 1930 26.7  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 1879 26.0 1262 17.5  
Get Fresh Foods to Cook Healthy Meals      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 4814 66.6 5225 72.3  
 Neutral 1637 22.6 1366 18.9  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 778 10.8 638 8.8  
Decide What to Cook      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 2442 33.9 3139 43.5  
 Neutral 2047 28.4 2118 29.4  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 2720 37.7 1952 27.1  
Cook Using Fresh Foods      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 5006 69.4 5672 78.6  
 Neutral 1436 19.9 1102 15.3  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 776 10.8 444 6.2  
Eat the Right Amount of Food      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 2726 37.8 3535 49.0  
 Neutral 2128 29.5 1977 27.4  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 2364 32.8 1706 23.6  
Get Time to Cook a Meal at Home      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 2738 37.9 3376 46.8  
 Neutral 2163 30.0 2213 30.6  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 2320 32.1 1632 22.6  
Cook a Meal that you Enjoy      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 4928 68.1 5678 78.5  
 Neutral 1501 20.8 1114 15.4  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 805 11.1 442 6.1  
Eat healthy      <.0001
 Easy/Very Easy 3811 52.8 4904 67.9  
 Neutral 2234 30.9 1730 24.0  
 Difficult/Very Difficult 1175 16.3 586 8.1  
  Mean SD Mean SD P-value
Total Ease of Healthy Cooking 27.3 5.7 29.1 5.4 <.0001
  1. Note. Ns do not always add up to 7,422 due to missing responses. Results based on McNemar-Bowker tests of symmetry and paired t-tests