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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
3143.0: Monday, December 12, 2005 - Board 5

Abstract #115903

Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption among low income pregnant women and young children in the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Doris Evans-Gates, BSW, MS, CHES and Vera Green, MS, RD, LD. Division of Public Health, WIC Branch, Georgia Department of Human Resources, 2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 10-476, Atlanta, GA 30303, (404) 656-9883, dgates@worldnet.att.net

STATEMENT OF METHODS USED: The goal of the Georgia Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is to save lives and improved the health of nutritionally at risk women, infants and children. The WIC population represents 32% White non-Hispanic, 44% Black non-Hispanic, 20% Hispanic, 2% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 2% Multi-Racial. The Georgia Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) was developed to help ameliorate the needs of participants who may be at risk of inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption. This program has been in existence since 1998 and has served 74,263 participants. Nutrition Education is a major components of FMNP, each participant received instruction on making health food choices including eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. To better understand fruit and vegetable consumption and its health affect, a 7-item questionnaire was distributed to participants enrolled in the FMNP between 2002 and 2004. A survey was distributed to all FMNP participants at their next follow-up visit to the clinic. In 2002 a total of 313 surveys were completed in 2003, 1897 and 2004, 1267. SUMMARY OF RESULTS: WIC Participants ate more fruits and vegetables while participating on the FMNP Program. In 2002, 71% reported that they ate more fruits and vegetables, 62% in 2003 and 65% in 2004. In 2002, 45% said they learned new ways to cook fresh fruits and vegetables, 48% in 2003 and 48% in 2004. CONCLUSION: FMNP participants increased fruit and vegetable consumption and learned ways to prepare them between 2002 and 2004.

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Health Education, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.

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