Bringing Food and Nutrition Information to Filipinos in Just a Click of the Finger Through iFNRI: The Potentials of Information Technology to Inform, Educate and Serve
Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research
ARTICLE INFO abstract With the current internet era, people have been searching online for health and nutrition information. Hence, the public need access to accurate and appropriate diet and nutrition information, which could help improve one's nutrition situation. Recognizing the role of ICT as an important tool to guarantee provision of quality and timely service to its clients, the use of ICT becomes inevitable to FNRI. Thus, the study aimed to develop, pre-test and implement the
... based online site of nutrition information, database and services called iFNRI. The study involved website development, pre-testing and implementation. Diffusion of innovation theory and descriptive statistics like frequencies and percentages were used to analyze data. Pre-testing utilized online questionnaire accomplished by 87 respondents, soliciting information on visual appeal, content, navigation and overall impression. iFNRI website was developed with six components: iAssess, iServe, iPromote, iBusiness, iLearn and iAdmin where each has specific ICT projects. Based on pre-testing, users found the site accessible (87.4%), useful (89.7%), with an average (71.3%) downloading capability. Users suggested additional information and user-friendly language. Since its launch in 2016, the site had 980,207 hits as of August 2018. The website is on the early adopter stage. The website can be further promoted to increase nutrition consciousness among users. Conclusion iFNRI website was developed and pre-tested in 2016 and was implemented thereafter. The site can be accessed via i.fnri.dost.gov. ph. iFNRI offers electronic applications and databases such as the Food Composition Table, menu evaluation, HELP online, nutrition counseling services, nutrition surveys results, food consumption database for dietary exposure assessment, service laboratory, and technology transfer activities which may help improve the nutrition literacy thus improving the nutrition and health behavior of the people. The website is still on its early adopter stage and needs further promotion by linking it with other websites, tagging in social networking sites, participating in exhibits and distributing information materials about the website. A nationwidecommunication campaign for iFNRI may also be helpful in reaching more Filipinos and improve access to accurate and sound nutrition information of the citizenry.