5176.0 Farmers' Markets and Fresh Produce in Urban, Underserved Communities

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 12:30 PM
Lack of local availability of healthful foods and fresh fruit and vegetables or of ethnically preferred varieties may be among the reasons for higher obesity rates and inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income persons. This session presents experiments and surveys to describe availability of these foods in low income communities and to evaluate various strategies to increase access to ethnically preferred or to any fresh fruits and vegetables. Strategies evaluated include placing farmers’ markets into these communities and providing coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Session Objectives: 1. Evaluate the effect of farm stands or farmers’ markets in increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in low income communities. 2. Evaluate the associations between community availability of ethnically preferred fruit and vegetables and consumption of these foods. 3. Describe the influence of coupons for fresh produce on vendor participation in community farmers’ markets and on resident fruit and vegetable consumption. 4. Describe the types of foods and beverages sold by street vendors in a large urban area and evaluate the healthfulness of the products sold.

12:30 PM
Placement of farm stands in low-income communities increases fruit and vegetable consumption among community residents
Alexandra Evans, PhD, Rose Jennings, MPH, Andrew Smiley, BA, Jose Medina, MPH, Shreela Sharma, PhD RD LD, Ronda Rutledge, MS, Melissa H. Stigler, PhD and Deanna Hoelscher, PhD RD LD CNS
12:48 PM
Associations between availability and intake of commonly consumed and culturally specific fruits and vegetables in ethnically diverse urban neighborhoods
Betty T. Izumi, PhD, MPH, RD, Shannon N. Zenk, PhD, Amy J. Schulz, PhD, Graciela B. Mentz, PhD and Causandra Gaines, MSW
1:06 PM
Evaluation of a farmers' market incentive program: The New York City Health Bucks initiative
Lauren Olsho, PhD, Deborah Klein Walker, EdD, Yvonne Abel, MS, Cheryl Austin, MPH, RD, LDN, Cristina A. Booker, MPH, Jacey Greece, DSc, MPH, Erin Lee, MPH, Jessica Levin, Leah Staub-DeLong, Jan Jernigan, PhD, Gayle Payne, PhD, Sonia Ann Kim, PhD, Holly Wethington, PhD, MS, Raegan Tuff, MPH, Sabrina S. Baronberg, MPH, Alyson Abrami, RD, MPH and Kasey Holloway, MPH
1:42 PM
Street food vendors in the Bronx – A neglected but potentially important aspect of urban food environments
Sean C. Lucan, MD, MPH, MS, Monica Varona, MEM, Luis Torrens, BA and Joel Bumol, BS

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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