Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers’ market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA.

Auteur(s) :
Odoms-young A., Singleton CR., Fouché S., Deshpande R., Chatman C., Spreen C.
Date :
Fév, 2018
Source(s) :
Public health nutrition. # p1-5
Adresse :
1Institute for Health Research and Policy,University of Illinois at Chicago,1747 West Roosevelt Road,Office 488,Chicago,IL 60608,USA.

Sommaire de l'article

Previous research indicates that low-income individuals often struggle to consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables (F&V). LINK Up Illinois is a farmers' market incentive programme that aims to increase F&V consumption among Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients by improving access to and affordability of locally grown foods. The present research aimed to identify barriers to F&V consumption that exist among users of the LINK Up Illinois programme.


Farmers' markets in Chicago, Springfield, Northbrook, Woodstock, Aurora and Urbana, IL.

In 2016, a volunteer sample of 140 LINK Up Illinois users (mean age 42·5 years; 81·7 % female; 28·7 % African American; 44·0 % obese) completed a survey at participating farmers' markets across the state. Information on demographics, food shopping behaviours, programme satisfaction, barriers to F&V consumption and frequency of F&V consumption was collected and examined.

Approximately 23 % of survey participants reported consuming F&V ≥3 times/d. The barriers to F&V consumption most often reported by survey participants were the cost of F&V (29·5 %), spoilage (18·6 %), knowing how to cook F&V (8·7 %) and not thinking about F&V when hungry (8·6 %). Results from multivariable-adjusted logistic regression models suggested that reporting one or more barriers was associated with reduced odds of consuming vegetables ≥3 times/d, but not fruits.

Cost, spoilage and knowledge of cooking are key barriers to F&V consumption that exist among LINK Up Illinois users. Strategies are needed to mitigate these barriers and increase F&V consumption in this population.

Source : Pubmed