Effectiveness of nutrition programs in increasing healthy eating behaviors among low income women

Rebecca A. Vidourek, Keith A. King
2008 Californian Journal of Health Promotion  
This article presents a review of the literature regarding nutrition education programs targeting low income women. A total of 15 interventions were found, which met inclusion criteria. Inclusion criteria included publication between January 1, 2001 and January 1, 2007, focus on low income females, focus exclusively on nutrition and improvement of dietary behaviors, publication in English, and intervention took place in the US. The 15 studies meeting the search criteria were, in turn,
more » ... d collectively by the authors. Ten main themes were found: 1) WIC and EFNEP-based interventions, 2) collaborative approaches, 3) theoretical framework, 4) learner-centered, 5) skills-based programs, 6) use of produce coupons or vouchers, 7) computer-based programs, 8) culturally-based interventions, 9) peer teaching, and 10) recommendations to include social support or physical activity. A summary of each was developed and emergent themes were identified. In this manner, effective strategies and lessons learned from the research regarding increasing healthy eating among low income females could be more clearly delineated and discussed. This paper could be quite beneficial to health educators and health researchers interested in increasing healthy dietary practices among low income females
doi:10.32398/cjhp.v6i1.1293 fatcat:7rrfsym3dveizbjuqtcakuuqye