Food shopping practices are associated with dietary quality in low-income households
ABSTRACT ABSTRACT Nutrition education for low-income audiences often focuses on building skills in food shopping and food resource management to help families receive the best nutrition from the resources they have available. However, empirical evidence for the effect of food shopping practice on dietary quality has been limited. This article presents new analyses from two studies that found an association between food shopping practices and diet quality. Logistic regression of data from 957 respondents from the 1996 National Food Stamp Program Survey found that food shopping practices were significantly (p </= .05) associated with the availability of nutrients in the food the households used during a week. Similarly, analysis of baseline data from 5159 women from selected counties of states who participated in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program found that food shopping practices were significantly (p </= .05) associated with increased consumption of nutrients as measured through a single 24-hour recall. These findings suggest that food shopping practices are an important area for nutrition education with low-income audiences.
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- "Influences on these processes were addressed in the intervention video, and in the class discussions that occurred during the sessions (Campbell & Desjardins, 1989; Golan, 2006; Lindsay, Sussner, Kim, & Gortmaker , 2006), and improvements in these variables should support a healthy home food environment. Food shopping practices of EFNEP participants were significantly associated with nutrient consumption and the nutrients available in the foods used by households during 1 week (Hersey et al., 2001). Past EFNEP evaluation studies have also shown significant improvements in client meal planning and shopping skills compared to nonparticipants (Burney & Haughton, 2002). "
ABSTRACT: This study examined the relationships between participant goal attainment and changes in mediating variables and food choice outcomes from a modified curriculum for the Texas Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) promoting healthy home food environments and parenting skills related to obesity prevention. EFNEP participants in 54 intervention classes received a goal sheet after each of 6 classes. Participants recorded goal attainment and returned at the next class, Diet and mediating variables were measured at baseline, immediate post, and 4 months later. Mixed model regression analysis over time assessed whether goal attainment was associated with the outcomes at post or follow-up, controlling for baseline assessment. Participants who reported attaining more goals reported greater self-efficacy for planning/encouraging fruit and vegetable consumption and making fruit and vegetables available, menu planning skills, improvement in the food preparation practices and higher home availability for regular vegetables. At post, those who reported attaining more fiber, vegetable, and water goals reported consuming more of these items. Goal attainment was related to some changes in food choice and mediating variables in an at risk population. Further research into the use and efficacy of goal setting and attainment in this population is warranted.Appetite 10/2010; 55(2):305-10. DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2010.06.017 · 2.69 Impact Factor
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- "Women more than men prepared and used a grocery list (Blaylock and Smallwood, 1987; Putrevu and Ratchford, 1997; Thomas and Garland, 2004), and at-home wives were more likely than wives who work for income to use a list for purchasing groceries (Polegato and Zaichkowsky, 1999). While in some studies at least 50 percent of low-income households said they used a shopping list, households with income below 75 percent of the poverty line have been found significantly less likely to use a list when grocery shopping (Hersey et al., 2001). Dinkins (1997) found that households with a limited budget were less likely to use a list and speculated that a restricted budget may limit shopping to required items, eliminating the need for a grocery list. "
ABSTRACT: Purpose – This paper aims to investigate grocery list use in the lives of participant families in a study on decision making about food choices and eating practices. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 46 families from three ethno-cultural groups living in two regions in Canada participated in the study: in British Columbia, 12 Punjabi Canadian and 11 European Canadian families; in Nova Scotia, 13 African Canadian and ten European Canadian families. In each family, at least three individuals over the age of 13 years, one of whom was a woman between the ages of 25 and 55 years, were interviewed. Researchers participated in a meal and accompanied each family on a grocery trip. Findings – Most family members contributed to a grocery list. The shopper(s) in the family may take the written list with them, have the list in memory, use a combination of both memory and written list, or shop without a list. Finds the articulation of taken-for-granted, intersecting knowledge about family, household and grocery store, necessary to the compilation of a list, were largely unseen, unrecognised, and undervalued. Originality/value – Studies on grocery lists have focused on who uses lists, how they are used, and what their use says about consumers. In the literature, non-list use is conflated with the absence of a tangible grocery list. Shows that lack of a tangible list does not mean absence of a list in all cases. Further, extends and contextualises existing literature, showing that grocery list compilation relies upon interrelated knowledge of family, household and store.British Food Journal 02/2008; 110(2):206-217. DOI:10.1108/00070700810849916 · 0.77 Impact Factor
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- "The families that shared in this project did not report the same experiences as the low-income participants in the studies by Nord et al. (2003) and Hamilton et al. (2001) such as low variety in their diets, difficulty with shopping due to location of appropriate supermarkets, no transportation, and lack of child care and free time. Following the reports made by Bradbard et al. (1997) and Hoisington et al. (2002), our participants admitted that they believed eating a healthier diet was too expensive. "
ABSTRACT: This paper reports on the lessons learned from a project designed to connect local small-scale farmers with low-income households in the Piedmont Region of central North Carolina. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangements were used to assist farmers by prepaying for fresh farm products. Building community through alternative food systems and civic agriculture underlies th e pr oject d esign of this C SA project. Payments to farmers were made by North Carolina's food policy council. Selected low- income households received CSA shares of farm fresh products. Results focus on access to local, farm fresh products, changes in cooking practices of the CSA participants, as well as a sense of community established around food and food access with farmers and others as part of a social food network.