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RFP: Literature Review of Nutrition Behaviour Change Interventions For the Adaptation of the Vegetable and Fruit

Proposals are due November 15, 2003

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to secure the services of a consultant to conduct a review of the literature examining best, promising and negative practices for small-group nutrition and/or physical activity behaviour change and education programs targeted to women over the age of 45. The literature review will be done using the criteria developed by Sahay, Rootman and Ashbury in the "Review of nutrition interventions for cancer prevention for Cancer Care Ontario" (see the Flow-Charts in Figure 1 and 2 of the document, available on the Internet at

The focus of the review will be to provide recommendations for the adaptation of an existing behaviour change program to another target group, women over the age of 45.

The literature review will be funded for $13,000 Canadian, with the deliverable product due by January 15, 2004.

The deliverables include

* The literature review including the summaries of empirical evidence

* A set of guiding principles from the lessons learned from the literature with respect to small-group nutrition and/or physical activity

* Behaviour change and education programs targeted to women over the age of 45 and a response to the parameters outlined in the section entitled "Planning the Literature Review to Ensure Relevance"

* A review of the existing pilot materials with a summary of recommendations to guide the adaptation

* Appendices of Best, Promising, and Negative Practices

* A copy of all the literature cited
Areas of recommendation that would inform the adaptation would include but are not limited to the following:

* A review and synthesis of the literature on successful nutrition behaviour change in women over the age of 45, in particular with respect to vegetable and fruit consumption including acquisition, preparation, eating and storage

* Considerations of special needs for information presentation to women 45 years of age and older considering, for example, layout, font size, etc.

The following parameters will guide the selection of literature for review:

* Literature from programs offered in Canada, United States of America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other countries in the Western world

* Programs conducted in a variety of settings such as workplaces, community centres, public health units/departments, places of worship, etc.

* Programs delivered by a variety of facilitators ranging from health professionals to community health workers

* Sensitivity to the cultural diversity, education, literacy and socio-economic status

To request a full copy of the RFP, please send an e-mail to

Myrna G. Wright, MHSc, RD

Senior Health Education Consultant

Prevention Unit

Cancer Care Ontario