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Ma GX , Zhu L , Shive SE , Zhang G , Senter YR , Topete P , Seals B , Zhai S , Wang M , Tan Y
The Evaluation of IDEAL-REACH Program to Improve Nutrition among Asian American Community Members in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area
Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Aug 23;16(17)
PMID: 31443586    PMCID: PMC6747408    URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31443586
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Abstract
Objective Asian Americans' food purchasing, cooking, and eating patterns are not well understood. Greater insight into these behaviors is urgently needed to guide public health interventions of dietary behaviors in this population. The present study aims to examine the effects of a community-level intervention on food purchasing and preparation, nutrition knowledge, and health awareness in Asian Americans. Methods From 2015 to 2017, we conducted the Improving Diets with an Ecological Approach for Lifestyle (IDEAL-REACH) intervention to increase access to healthy food or beverage options for the Asian-American population in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Participants (1110 at pre- and 1098 at post-assessment) were recruited from 31 community-based organizations (CBOs). We assessed Asian Americans' dietary behaviors, nutrition knowledge, and awareness of heart health. Results The results of pre-post intervention comparisons showed that the IDEAL-REACH intervention was successful in promoting whole grains consumption, reducing sodium consumption, and raising knowledge and awareness related to nutrition and heart health. Conclusions To our knowledge, this is one of the first initiatives in the U.S. to engage CBOs to promote healthier dietary behaviors. The findings show that CBOs serve as a powerful platform for community-level interventions to improve healthy nutrition behaviors in Asian-American communities.
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1660-4601 Ma, Grace X Zhu, Lin Orcid: 0000-0002-4671-1129 Shive, Steven E Zhang, Guo Senter, Yvette R Topete, Pablo Seals, Brenda Zhai, Shumenghui Wang, MinQi Tan, Yin U58DP005828 REACH/CC/CDC HHS/United States U54 CA221704(5)/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States Journal Article Switzerland Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Aug 23;16(17). pii: ijerph16173054. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16173054.