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A qualitative study of perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income populations, North Carolina, 2011.
Prev Chronic Dis. 2013; 10:E34.PC

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Obesity is the leading preventable cause of illness and a major contributor to chronic disease. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help manage and prevent weight gain and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Low-income communities often lack stores that sell fresh fruit and vegetables and have instead stores that sell foods low in nutritional value. The objective of this study was to understand perceived community-level barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income people.

METHODS

We conducted 8 focus groups involving 68 low-income participants in 2 North Carolina counties, from May 2011 through August 2011. The socioecological model of health guided data analysis, and 2 trained researchers coded transcripts and summarized findings. Four focus groups were conducted in each county; 1 was all male, 5 all female, and 2 mixed sexes. Most participants were black (68%), most were women (69.1%), and most had a high school education or less (61.8%). Almost half received support from either the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or another government assistance program.

RESULTS

We identified 6 major community-level barriers to access to fruits and vegetables: cost, transportation, quality, variety, changing food environment, and changing societal norms on food.

CONCLUSION

Policymakers should consider supporting programs that decrease the cost and increase the supply of high-quality fruits and vegetables in low-income communities.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Health Policy and Management, CB 7411, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411, USA. lhaynes6@email.unc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23489639

Citation

Haynes-Maslow, Lindsey, et al. "A Qualitative Study of Perceived Barriers to Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Low-income Populations, North Carolina, 2011." Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 10, 2013, pp. E34.
Haynes-Maslow L, Parsons SE, Wheeler SB, et al. A qualitative study of perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income populations, North Carolina, 2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:E34.
Haynes-Maslow, L., Parsons, S. E., Wheeler, S. B., & Leone, L. A. (2013). A qualitative study of perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income populations, North Carolina, 2011. Preventing Chronic Disease, 10, E34. https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd10.120206
Haynes-Maslow L, et al. A Qualitative Study of Perceived Barriers to Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Low-income Populations, North Carolina, 2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:E34. PubMed PMID: 23489639.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A qualitative study of perceived barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income populations, North Carolina, 2011. AU - Haynes-Maslow,Lindsey, AU - Parsons,Sarah E, AU - Wheeler,Stephanie B, AU - Leone,Lucia A, PY - 2013/3/16/entrez PY - 2013/3/16/pubmed PY - 2013/10/1/medline SP - E34 EP - E34 JF - Preventing chronic disease JO - Prev Chronic Dis VL - 10 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Obesity is the leading preventable cause of illness and a major contributor to chronic disease. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help manage and prevent weight gain and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Low-income communities often lack stores that sell fresh fruit and vegetables and have instead stores that sell foods low in nutritional value. The objective of this study was to understand perceived community-level barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income people. METHODS: We conducted 8 focus groups involving 68 low-income participants in 2 North Carolina counties, from May 2011 through August 2011. The socioecological model of health guided data analysis, and 2 trained researchers coded transcripts and summarized findings. Four focus groups were conducted in each county; 1 was all male, 5 all female, and 2 mixed sexes. Most participants were black (68%), most were women (69.1%), and most had a high school education or less (61.8%). Almost half received support from either the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or another government assistance program. RESULTS: We identified 6 major community-level barriers to access to fruits and vegetables: cost, transportation, quality, variety, changing food environment, and changing societal norms on food. CONCLUSION: Policymakers should consider supporting programs that decrease the cost and increase the supply of high-quality fruits and vegetables in low-income communities. SN - 1545-1151 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23489639/A_qualitative_study_of_perceived_barriers_to_fruit_and_vegetable_consumption_among_low_income_populations_North_Carolina_2011_ L2 - https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/12_0206.htm DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -