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The nutrition needs of low-income families regarding living healthier lifestyles: Findings from a qualitative study Journal Article


Authors: Davis, Ann M.; Befort, Christie; Steiger, Katherine; Simpson, Shanna; Mijares, Martha
Article Title: The nutrition needs of low-income families regarding living healthier lifestyles: Findings from a qualitative study
Alternate Title: Journal of child health care: for professionals working with children in the hospital and community
Abstract: Pediatric obesity and nutrition-related problems continue to be problematic around the world. The purpose of the current qualitative study was to learn more about the barriers low-income, minority families face to healthy living and where they turn for health-related information. Five focus groups were conducted using open-ended standardized questions. Standardized transcript analysis and coding techniques were used to arrive at five saturated themes. The project was conducted in partnership with a community based Early/Head Start agency. Adult parents of preschool children were invited to participate. Results indicate that low-income minority families face many barriers to eating healthily: while families do eat some healthy foods, they also eat many unhealthy foods; they rely primarily on family members for their nutrition information; they have some desire to change their own health habits (but generally not those of their children); and they have inadequate nutritional knowledge. Options for better reaching this population with important health information are discussed.
Keywords: Barriers; focus group; low-income; minority; nutrition; qualitative
Journal Title: J Child Health Care
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
ISSN: 1367-4935
Publisher: Sage Journals  
Date Published: 2013-03-01
Start Page: 53
End Page: 61
Language: English
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Identifier: PMID: 23162049
Notes: DOI: 10.1177/1367493512446715