Intervening to change the diets of low-income women

Davies, Jennifer A., Damani, P. and Margetts, Barrie M. (2009) Intervening to change the diets of low-income women. Proceedings of The Nutrition Society, 68, (2), 210-215. (doi:10.1017/S0029665109001128).


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Diet-related sources of ill health, including Fe-deficiency anaemia, are prevalent in the local South Asian population. This population also has a high prevalence of low-birth-weight babies. A need for preventative measures that take a holistic view to dietary change was identified in a South Asian community in Southampton, UK. A peer-led approach was used, training and developing a local workforce to become community food assistants. This workforce, drawn from local black and minority ethnic communities, ran practical ‘hands-on’ culturally-appropriate food-related activities within their communities that were successful in achieving long-term change in the diets of local women and their families. This model has the potential for achieving sustained behaviour change and is able to engage key target groups that can often be difficult to reach through more traditional routes.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0029665109001128
Additional Information: Workshop on ‘Changing nutrition behaviour to improve maternal and fetal health’ On 4 July 2008, The 1st Summer Nutrition Workshop of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Adult Health and Disease, was held at the University of Nottingham, in association with the Nutrition Society, Physiological Society and Early Nutrition Academy.
ISSNs: 0029-6651 (print)
1475-2719 (electronic)
Keywords: peer-led education approach, dietary changes, black and minority ethnic communities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
ePrint ID: 181795
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
27 February 2009Published
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2011 10:44
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:36

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