We examined how a short-term nutrition intervention influenced nutrition attitudes in a low-income, ethnically diverse population of women in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota (n = 118). Each woman received government assistance for food purchases, yet the majority felt that buying healthful food items was impossible on a tight budget. Educational sessions were aimed at increasing financial savvy in relation to purchasing healthful foods on a limited income. Attitudes regarding the ability to buy nutritious foods increased, whereas those reflecting an inability decreased. Government programs may benefit from financial education components directly related to nutrition to increase the health of poor, urban populations through improved financial literacy.
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We thank all of the women who participated in this study. Further, we thank Amanda C. Martin, Lisa Franzen-Castle, Kristen Wiig Dammann, and Urvashi Pokhriyal for their assistance with this project. Additionally, we thank Johan Dirks, PhD, who provided valuable statistical guidance and consultation. This project was funded through USDA SNAP-ED.
- financial savvy
- food insecurity
- nutrition education