Title

Objectively Measured Chronic Disease Risk Among Food Pantry Patrons

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2021

Abstract

Objectives and Design: This cross-sectional, observational study examined the prevalence of objectively measured chronic disease risk factors among a diverse group of food pantry patrons.

Sample and Measurement: Public health nurses performed biometric screenings in community settings for 1,685 unduplicated adults attending food pantries.

Results: Over three fourths of participants (81.1%) were overweight or obese. High cholesterol and high blood pressure were detected in 38.4% and 37.7% of participants, respectively. Over half (58%) of the participants were referred to a local community health clinic for follow-up services.

Conclusion: Interventions should target food pantry patrons to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease conditions among this vulnerable population.

Comments

First published online: 28 May 2021.

DOI

10.1111/phn.12915

PMID

34048076

Publication

Public Health Nursing

Publisher

Wiley


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