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Fruit and vegetable intake among participants in a District of Columbia farmers' market incentive programme.
Public Health Nutr. 2018 02; 21(3):601-606.PH

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Limited research is available on whether participation in healthy food incentive programmes is associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake. The objective of the present study was to determine fruit and vegetable intake among participants in the Produce Plus Program, a farmers' market-based healthy food incentive programme in Washington, DC, and identify demographic and behavioural factors associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake.

DESIGN

Using a cross-sectional survey, programme participants were interviewed at markets across DC between June and September 2015. Questions included the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) fruit and vegetable module. Fruit and vegetable intake among 2013 DC BRFSS participants reporting annual household incomes of ≤$US 35 000 was calculated for context.

SETTING

Washington, DC, USA.

SUBJECTS

Participants (n 288) in the Produce Plus Program.

RESULTS

On average, participants reported consuming both fruits (interquartile range: 1·0-3·0) and vegetables (interquartile range: 1·3-3·5) two times/d. Participants who reported eating home-cooked meals ≥3 times/week also reported higher median fruit (2·0 v. 0·8) and vegetable (2·3 v. 1·3) intake compared with those eating home-cooked meals less frequently. No statistically significant differences in reported median fruit or vegetable intake were observed over the course of the farmers' market (June v. August/September) season.

CONCLUSIONS

Produce Plus Program participants reported higher median fruit and vegetable intake compared with DC BRFSS respondents with similar incomes, but still below recommended levels. More frequent home-cooked meals were associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake. Thus, efforts to increase home cooking may represent an opportunity to increase fruit and vegetable intake among healthy food incentive participants.

Authors+Show Affiliations

1Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,Milken Institute School of Public Health,George Washington University,950 New Hampshire Avenue,NW,2nd Floor,Washington,DC 20052,USA.1Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,Milken Institute School of Public Health,George Washington University,950 New Hampshire Avenue,NW,2nd Floor,Washington,DC 20052,USA.1Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,Milken Institute School of Public Health,George Washington University,950 New Hampshire Avenue,NW,2nd Floor,Washington,DC 20052,USA.2DC Greens,Washington,DC,USA.3Government of the District of Columbia,Department of Health,Community Health Administration,Nutrition and Physical Fitness Bureau,Washington,DC,USA.4Department of Global Health,Milken Institute School of Public Health,George Washington University,Washington,DC,USA.1Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences,Milken Institute School of Public Health,George Washington University,950 New Hampshire Avenue,NW,2nd Floor,Washington,DC 20052,USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29103402

Citation

Pellegrino, Sara, et al. "Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Participants in a District of Columbia Farmers' Market Incentive Programme." Public Health Nutrition, vol. 21, no. 3, 2018, pp. 601-606.
Pellegrino S, Bost A, McGonigle M, et al. Fruit and vegetable intake among participants in a District of Columbia farmers' market incentive programme. Public Health Nutr. 2018;21(3):601-606.
Pellegrino, S., Bost, A., McGonigle, M., Rosen, L., Peterson-Kosecki, A., Colon-Ramos, U., & Robien, K. (2018). Fruit and vegetable intake among participants in a District of Columbia farmers' market incentive programme. Public Health Nutrition, 21(3), 601-606. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017003020
Pellegrino S, et al. Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Participants in a District of Columbia Farmers' Market Incentive Programme. Public Health Nutr. 2018;21(3):601-606. PubMed PMID: 29103402.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Fruit and vegetable intake among participants in a District of Columbia farmers' market incentive programme. AU - Pellegrino,Sara, AU - Bost,Anna, AU - McGonigle,Meghan, AU - Rosen,Lillie, AU - Peterson-Kosecki,Amelia, AU - Colon-Ramos,Uriyoan, AU - Robien,Kim, Y1 - 2017/11/06/ PY - 2017/11/7/pubmed PY - 2019/2/1/medline PY - 2017/11/7/entrez KW - Farmers’ market KW - Fruit KW - Incentive programme KW - Low-income KW - Vegetable SP - 601 EP - 606 JF - Public health nutrition JO - Public Health Nutr VL - 21 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Limited research is available on whether participation in healthy food incentive programmes is associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake. The objective of the present study was to determine fruit and vegetable intake among participants in the Produce Plus Program, a farmers' market-based healthy food incentive programme in Washington, DC, and identify demographic and behavioural factors associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake. DESIGN: Using a cross-sectional survey, programme participants were interviewed at markets across DC between June and September 2015. Questions included the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) fruit and vegetable module. Fruit and vegetable intake among 2013 DC BRFSS participants reporting annual household incomes of ≤$US 35 000 was calculated for context. SETTING: Washington, DC, USA. SUBJECTS: Participants (n 288) in the Produce Plus Program. RESULTS: On average, participants reported consuming both fruits (interquartile range: 1·0-3·0) and vegetables (interquartile range: 1·3-3·5) two times/d. Participants who reported eating home-cooked meals ≥3 times/week also reported higher median fruit (2·0 v. 0·8) and vegetable (2·3 v. 1·3) intake compared with those eating home-cooked meals less frequently. No statistically significant differences in reported median fruit or vegetable intake were observed over the course of the farmers' market (June v. August/September) season. CONCLUSIONS: Produce Plus Program participants reported higher median fruit and vegetable intake compared with DC BRFSS respondents with similar incomes, but still below recommended levels. More frequent home-cooked meals were associated with higher fruit and vegetable intake. Thus, efforts to increase home cooking may represent an opportunity to increase fruit and vegetable intake among healthy food incentive participants. SN - 1475-2727 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29103402/Fruit_and_vegetable_intake_among_participants_in_a_District_of_Columbia_farmers'_market_incentive_programme_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S1368980017003020/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -