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Overcoming Barriers to Vegetable Consumption by Preschool Children: A Child Care Center Buying Club
- Carroll, Johanna D., Demment, Margaret M., Stiles, Sarah B., Devine, Carol M., Dollahite, Jamie S., Sobal, Jeffery, Olson, Christine M.
- Journal of hunger & environmental nutrition 2011 v.6 no.2 pp. 153-165
- child care centers, fruits, healthy diet, low income households, obesity, parents, preschool children, purchasing, vegetable consumption, vegetables
- Barriers to healthy eating in low-income families include the perceived and actual cost of fruits and vegetables, availability of and access to healthy foods, and parental time constraints. This pilot study represents a unique food-based obesity prevention program that targeted parents of preschool children. This program attempted to address 2 barriers to vegetable consumption, time constraints and cost, by offering local produce in a child care center and providing coupon incentives. Over half of the 29 participants were low-income, and 33% of parent-participants reported that the intervention increased vegetable consumption in their children.