Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Family and Consumer Sciences

Document Type



Practicing the Flexitarian diet, a plant-based diet, in conjunction with physical activity can promote a lifestyle consistent with the American Cancer Society’s recommendations for reducing risks of breast and prostate cancer (American Cancer Society Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention, 2015) College students were assessed on knowledge of the relationship between diet and cancer risk prior to and after accessing information on the American Institute of Cancer Research site or the WKU Flexitarian Pinterest Page. Participants were recruited from the National Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council memberships and the International students at Western Kentucky University. Participants completed a three-phase survey to identify current lifestyle and willingness to modify lifestyle behaviors related to nutrition and cancer. A majority of participants that accessed The WKU Flexitarian Pinterest page or the American Institute of Cancer Research Diet and Cancer Page reported willingness to make a least one lifestyle modification related to diet and cancer risk (91% of participants who accessed the WKU Flexitarian Pinterest Page and 93% of participants that accessed the American Institute of Cancer Research Page).

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Margaret Cook-Newell


Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition | Human and Clinical Nutrition | Medical Nutrition | Oncology