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Participation in a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program for Pediatric Patients is Positively Associated with Farmers’ Market Shopping

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Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Department of Family Medicine, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Division of Public Health, Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Division of Public Health, Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Flint, MI 48502, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4202; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124202
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 5 June 2020 / Accepted: 8 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
Objectives: The primary objective was to investigate the association between participation in a farmers’ market fruit and vegetable prescription program (FVPP) for pediatric patients and farmers’ market shopping. Methods: This survey-based cross-sectional study assessed data from a convenience sample of 157 caregivers at an urban pediatric clinic co-located with a farmers’ market. Prescription redemption was restricted to the farmers’ market. Data were examined using chi-square analysis and independent samples t-tests. Results: Approximately 65% of respondents participated in the FVPP. Those who received one or more prescriptions were significantly more likely to shop at the farmers’ market during the previous month when compared to those who never received a prescription (p = 0.005). Conclusions: This is the first study to demonstrate that participation in a FVPP for pediatric patients is positively associated with farmers’ market shopping. View Full-Text
Keywords: nutrition; children; fruits and vegetables; farmers’ market nutrition; children; fruits and vegetables; farmers’ market
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Saxe-Custack, A.; Sadler, R.; LaChance, J.; Hanna-Attisha, M.; Ceja, T. Participation in a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program for Pediatric Patients is Positively Associated with Farmers’ Market Shopping. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4202.

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