A Rationale for Improving Childhood Nutrition: A Program to Enhance the Health of Families Experiencing Food Insecurity in Benton County Public

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  • Food insecurity is a growing public health concern in Oregon. Those that are food insecure often develop strategies, such as reducing the size of meals, cutting out fruits, vegetables and meats or skipping meals entirely, to make food last. One group that is disproportionately affected by food insecurity is families. Full Tummies, Full lives (FTFL) was designed to improve nutrition among children in families in Benton County, Oregon experiencing food insecurity by providing education, skill building and community support. To evaluate FTFL, seven one-on-one interviews were conducted with professionals working in the areas of food security and/or nutrition education. The goal of these interviews was to gain their opinions on the feasibility of nutrition education and cooking skills programs, learn more about the needs of low-income and food insecure families and the barriers these families experience to participating in health promotion programs. The information gathered from these interviews was then used to evaluate FTFL to determine if FTFL is relevant for food insecure families, addresses areas that other available programs do not; focuses on the correct needs of this population; and if the components of FTFL are feasible. Proposed changes to the program, as well as directions for future research are also discussed.
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