The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

3189.0: Monday, November 17, 2003 - Board 4

Abstract #68538

Development of a food labeling campaign: Promoting healthy eating in North Nashville

Bola D. Teyinka, BSc, Project REACH 2010, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Care Center, 1501 Herman Street, Nashville, TN 37208, 615/327-9400 x 478, bola.teyinka@mwchc.org

Nashville REACH 2010 is a demonstration project designed to help reduce, and in time, eliminate disparities in African Americans living in North Nashville. Cardiovascular disease and type II Diabetes are the primary focus. Studies have shown that African Americans living in this community are dying at a higher rate than Caucasians in Davidson County. We have taken on the challenge of empowering the community to take back their health by asking local restaurants in North Nashville to participate in a food labeling campaign and offer healthy meal choices on their menu. Chefs, cooks, front-end staffs and restaurant owners will be offered nutrition education through the alteration of traditional recipes in lowering fat, sodium, cholesterol, and sugar contents. The restaurants will recreate their menus for customers with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic disease by adjusting ingredients normally used in cooking and implementing the use of herbs and spices for promotion of low fat menu items. This will help participants learn new cooking styles and reduce stereotypes that healthier foods are less distinctive in taste. Ultimately, this will lead to local restaurants becoming a support network for individualís self-management of care for chronic diseases.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Community Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Food and Nutrition Posters I: Innovative Interventions

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA