In partnership with Northeast Minnesota SHIP partners, a culinary nutrition/clinic referral partnership project was undertaken to “improve access to community-based healthy eating/active living programs for patients at higher risk for developing heart disease and diabetes.” Objectives included: 1) promotion of healthy eating by improving shopping and food preparation skills, and 2) increasing physical activity and fruit/ vegetable consumption. The target population was low-income clinic patients at greater risk for chronic disease due, in part, to limited food skills and/or access to healthy food and physical activity. Participants in the project showed statistically significant positive behavior change in 11 of 13 measures for healthy eating and physical activity, behaviors with potential to help prevent heart disease and diabetes.
Johnson, Betsy; Kim, Hyunjun; Norman, Jessica.
Clinic Referral to a Culinary Nutrition Education Program.
University of Minnesota Extension.
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