The impact of a culturally appropriate health and nutrition intervention on low-income Latinos in Central Ohio
Lambea, Maria Carmen
Zubieta, Ana Claudia
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Series/Report no.:Human Nutrition. Graduate student poster competition, 2006
This study evaluates the effectiveness of a community based nutrition intervention for low-income Latinos in central Ohio. The Healthy Latino Families Program (HLFP) ncludes healthy cooking and nutrition classes, and aerobic workouts for 20 weeks. In order to measure dietary intake improvements, a 22-item Spanish version food behavior checklist was administered to 53 Latino families before and after participation. Bi-variate analyses indicated a significant improvement for most items. Consumption of fruit per day increased for adults (p<0.01) and both adults and children reported eating more varieties of fruits (p<0.01). Three times as many adults began using food labels to select foods (p<0.001) and the number of adults and children choosing lowfat food increased (p<0.05). The number of adults and children consuming soft drinks was cut in half (p<0.05). Our findings show that the intervention improved food behavior in adults and children of this population. Future research should evaluate similar intervention programs for effectiveness, and incorporate more incentives to attend weekly classes.
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