College freshmen and sophomores exhibited lower levels of awareness of the health problems caused by insufficient intake of fiber than did seniors. Age and gender influenced awareness of calcium’s role in the body. Age was also a determinant of students’ awareness about cholesterol intake and health. Seniors and those living in households with more than three persons were more likely to read nutrition labels. Students who perceived themselves to be in excellent health had lower body mass indices, exercised more, and were more aware of the links between fiber intake and health status.


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