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The role of a food literacy intervention in promoting food security and food literacy—OzHarvest’s NEST program

West, Elisha G, Lindberg, Rebecca, Ball, Kylie and McNaughton, Sarah A 2020, The role of a food literacy intervention in promoting food security and food literacy—OzHarvest’s NEST program, Nutrients, vol. 12, no. 8, pp. 1-24, doi: 10.3390/nu12082197.

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Title The role of a food literacy intervention in promoting food security and food literacy—OzHarvest’s NEST program
Author(s) West, Elisha G
Lindberg, Rebecca
Ball, KylieORCID iD for Ball, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0003-2893-8415
McNaughton, Sarah AORCID iD for McNaughton, Sarah A orcid.org/0000-0001-5936-9820
Journal name Nutrients
Volume number 12
Issue number 8
Article ID 2197
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-08
ISSN 2072-6643
2072-6643
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Nutrition & Dietetics
household food security
nutrition education
food literacy
intervention
public health
Summary Food literacy interventions are widely implemented to improve the food security and health of low-socioeconomic adults. The purpose of this study was to conduct an inquiry into the value of OzHarvest’s six-week NEST (Nutrition Education and Skills Training) program in promoting food security and food literacy, and to identify the barriers and enablers that participants experienced in sustaining food security, and in utilising their food literacy skills beyond the program. A descriptive evaluation study with pre-post surveys (n = 21) and post-program interviews (n = 17) was conducted, with a convenience sample of NEST program participants living in Sydney, Newcastle, and Melbourne, Australia. Participants demonstrated improvements in food security status (p = 0.030), cooking confidence (p = 0.001), food preparation behaviours (p = 0.006), nutrition knowledge (p = 0.033), vegetable consumption (p = 0.043), and a reduction in intake of sugar-sweetened beverages (p = 0.017), and salty snack foods (p = 0.011). The interviews revealed that participants learned to stretch their food budgets and make meaningful changes to their food utilisation (a key dimension of food security). Interviews also identified enablers (e.g., social support) and barriers (e.g., health conditions) to achieving food security. Acknowledging the need for a multi-faceted approach that also addresses upstream determinants, interventions like NEST may play a role in promoting food security and food literacy.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/nu12082197
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 0908 Food Sciences
1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30140525

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