An Innovative, Culturally-Sensitive Dietary Intervention To Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake among African-American Women: A Pilot Study

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Abstract

Thirty African-American women (mean age 60.5 years) participated in a church-based, three-session workshop pilot program that focused on increasing fruit and vegetable intake. The program was designed and presented by a medical school-based health professional team in consultation with the church's Nurses' Unit. Fruit and average daily vegetable intake increased from 0.89 to 1.2 and from 0.81 to 1.1 servings, respectively. Evaluation indicated that cookbooks, food co-ops, and workshops are preferred methods for learning about increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Collaboration with the church's Nurses' Unit facilitated tailoring a nutrition program to the church membership and networking with other churches.

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