FRESH Street (Barnsley): testing the feasibility of a place based, household level, approach to increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
PHE ePoster Library. Relton C. 09/12/19; 274373; 178
Dr. C Relton
Dr. C Relton
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Abstract BackgroundMany UK communities experience food insecurity, and consume diets low in fresh fruit and vegetables and high in energy-dense, nutrient poor, processed foods. This leads to increased morbidity and mortality and substantial costs to society. We developed and feasibility tested an area based intervention to address some of the barriers to healthy diets in these communities. MethodsThe intervention developed “FRESH Street” offered weekly Rose vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables (value £5) plus vegetable based recipes and nutritional information to households. Vouchers were redeemable with local suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables (not supermarkets). Vouchers could be shared with others.FRESH Street was tested in in four streets in an area of high deprivation for 52 weeks (24.03.18 - 23.03.19). All households were eligible, regardless of household type or income. To assess the feasibility of the scheme we conducted door-step conversations with 64 households, and analysed voucher redemption data.
Results
By week 8, 83% (n=80/97) of eligible households were participating. In total 88% (n= 17575/ 19982) of the vouchers distributed were redeemed. Many people described how the weekly vouchers helped them think about and create healthier eating habits. Most reported increasing the amount they spent on fresh fruit and veg. Some reported the vouchers helped them improve their health.
Conclusion
Further research is required to assess the longer term effectiveness of place-based approaches to creating both healthy eating behaviours and economically sustainable food systems. External funding details Medical Research Council MR/R002630/1, Vouchers:Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Barnsley North Area Council, Alexander Rose Charity
Abstract BackgroundMany UK communities experience food insecurity, and consume diets low in fresh fruit and vegetables and high in energy-dense, nutrient poor, processed foods. This leads to increased morbidity and mortality and substantial costs to society. We developed and feasibility tested an area based intervention to address some of the barriers to healthy diets in these communities. MethodsThe intervention developed “FRESH Street” offered weekly Rose vouchers for fresh fruit and vegetables (value £5) plus vegetable based recipes and nutritional information to households. Vouchers were redeemable with local suppliers of fresh fruit and vegetables (not supermarkets). Vouchers could be shared with others.FRESH Street was tested in in four streets in an area of high deprivation for 52 weeks (24.03.18 - 23.03.19). All households were eligible, regardless of household type or income. To assess the feasibility of the scheme we conducted door-step conversations with 64 households, and analysed voucher redemption data.
Results
By week 8, 83% (n=80/97) of eligible households were participating. In total 88% (n= 17575/ 19982) of the vouchers distributed were redeemed. Many people described how the weekly vouchers helped them think about and create healthier eating habits. Most reported increasing the amount they spent on fresh fruit and veg. Some reported the vouchers helped them improve their health.
Conclusion
Further research is required to assess the longer term effectiveness of place-based approaches to creating both healthy eating behaviours and economically sustainable food systems. External funding details Medical Research Council MR/R002630/1, Vouchers:Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Barnsley North Area Council, Alexander Rose Charity
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