232339 Client-centered perspective of food stamp usage in the era of healthy eating

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Katherine Lee Underhill, BSW, MSW , Executive Director, Hunger Free Colorado, Denver, CO
In the era of “let's move”, Child Nutrition Reauthorization, and newspaper articles entitled “What if Oliver Twist were fat?”, limiting the usage of food stamp benefits to ensure that only the healthiest foods are purchased with our common tax dollars might seem a no-brainer. It is tempting to take the easy road by simply limiting purchases rather than providing robust education efforts to enhance consumer choices. But, while we are trying to protect households from tooth decay, obesity and a host of public health problems, we are also limiting self determination and increasing the stigma of participation.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
To describe the client-centered perspective of food stamp usage in the era of healthy eating.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Social Worker and Executive Director of Hunger Free Colorado, a non-profit that works to reduce hunger among the disadvantaged in Colorado.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.