Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) activities to increase the accessibility of fruits and vegetables: Faith-based organizations
INTRODUCTION: High prevalences of obesity and obesity-related conditions in low-income communities in Los Angeles (LA) County have led to considerable investment by the LA County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) to coordinate and support community-based initiatives to create healthy living environments. Faith-based organizations are among the community groups that have recently received funding from the educational component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) through LACDPH to implement relevant programs. METHODS: We surveyed nearly 1,000 adults recruited from the premises of 19 churches (about two-thirds of which had implemented healthy eating or physical activity programs) to (a) describe church activities and programs that may influence eating behaviors; (b) assess the nutrition-related knowledge and attitudes of church-affiliated adults; and (c) determine if SNAP-Ed health promotion materials have influenced the eating behaviors of adults reached by these churches. RESULTS: Nearly 60% of respondents were Latino, 18% were Black, 60% were born outside the United States, 57% had no more than a high school education, and 55% were Spanish speakers. About 40% reported that there had been changes in the foods offered at church events in the past six months; these changes included more fruit, vegetables and water. About 30%-34% strongly agreed that they were more likely to eat fruits and vegetable today and choose water over soda “than 6 months ago”. DISCUSSION: We will discuss findings with regard to the impact of SNAP-Ed programs and the role that faith-based organizations can play in promoting healthy eating and active living in low-income communities.
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Name church activities that may influence eating behaviors.
Describe nutrition related knowledge and attitudes of church-affiliated adults.
Evaluate the role of faith-based organizations in promoting healthy eating behaviors among adults.
Keyword(s): Obesity, Health Promotion and Education
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a MPH and am a project manager at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. I coordinated the fieldwork team in the evaluation of the Los Angeles County Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program in faith-based settings and worked with the faith based organizations in Los Angeles County.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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