Masters Thesis

Secondary Data Analysis: Dietary Patterns Among Mexican American Families Participating in Mas Fresco! More Fresh! Program for Twelve Month Period

Background: There is insufficient evidence to determine if current nutrition incentive among the Hispanic population with a focus on increasing food security results in healthy eating patterns as well. Study Goal: This retrospective study aims to evaluate if monetary incentives and nutrition education result in food security and healthy eating habits. Results: Food security is increased with additional monetary with the introduction of monetary incentives to purchase fresh produce. Conclusion: The qualitative and qualitative analysis showed no change in healthy eating habits resulting from nutrition education from the Mas Fresco, More Fresh! program, there was a statistical change in healthier eating habits by the incentives provided by an increase of quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables consumed by the participants.

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