Healthy Mondays or Sundays? Weekday Preferences for Healthy Eating and Cooking among a Food Insecure Population in a U.S. Urban Environment

Shahmir H. Ali, Yuxuan Gu, Sally Yan, Hope C. Craig, Lindsay Adams, Lisa Poirier, Reuben Park, Bengucan Gunen, Joel Gittelsohn

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Abstract

Food insecure populations are in need of targeted nutritional interventions and understanding their food behaviors can inform effective weekday-based health campaigns. We examine weekday preference in healthy eating, cooking, and cooking with children among food pantry clients in Baltimore City. A cross-sectional survey of 74 food pantry clients was conducted on weekday-based preferences of these behaviors. Compared to Monday, clients were more likely to eat healthy on Friday (p = .04), Thursday (p = .04), and Saturday (p = .002), and more likely to cook on Sunday (p = .002). Future interventions should consider weekday preferences in nutrition campaigns (nutrition knowledge, food skills) among food insecure populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Healthy diet
  • choice behavior
  • cooking
  • eating
  • food
  • food insecurity
  • food pantry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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