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dc.contributor.authorBlack, Andrew P.
dc.contributor.authorVally, Hassan
dc.contributor.authorMorris, Peter
dc.contributor.authorDaniel, Mark
dc.contributor.authorEsterman, Adrian
dc.contributor.authorKarschimkus, Connie S.
dc.contributor.authorO'Dea, Kerin
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-22T05:50:33Z
dc.date.available2014-08-22T05:50:33Z
dc.date.issued2013-12-27
dc.identifier.issn0007-1145
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/41868
dc.descriptionThe fulltext of this publication will be made publicly available after relevant embargo periods have lapsed and associated copyright clearances obtained.
dc.description.abstractHealthy food subsidy programmes have not been widely implemented in high-income countries apart from the USA and the UK. There is, however, interest being expressed in the potential of healthy food subsidies to complement nutrition promotion initiatives and reduce the social disparities in healthy eating. Herein, we describe the impact of a fruit and vegetable (F&V) subsidy programme on the nutritional status of a cohort of disadvantaged Aboriginal children living in rural Australia. A before-and-after study was used to assess the nutritional impact in 174 children whose families received weekly boxes of subsidised F& V organised through three Aboriginal medical services. The nutritional impact was assessed by comparing 24 h dietary recalls and plasma carotenoid and vitamin C levels at baseline and after 12 months. A general linear model was used to assess the changes in biomarker levels and dietary intake, controlled for age, sex, community and baseline levels. Baseline assessment in 149 children showed low F& V consumption. Significant increases (P<0.05) in beta-cryptoxanthin (28.9 nmol/l, 18 %), vitamin C (10.1 mu mol/l, 21 %) and lutein-zeaxanthin (39.3 nmol/l, 11 %) levels were observed at the 12-month follow-up in 115 children, although the self-reported F& V intake was unchanged. The improvements in the levels of biomarkers of F&V intake demonstrated in the present study are consistent with increased F& V intake. Such dietary improvements, if sustained, could reduce non-communicable disease rates. A controlled study of healthy food subsidies, together with an economic analysis, would facilitate a thorough assessment of the costs and benefits of subsidising healthy foods for disadvantaged Aboriginal Australians.
dc.publisherCAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
dc.subjectFruit and vegetables
dc.subjectSubsidy programmes
dc.subjectNutrition
dc.subjectAboriginal children
dc.titleNutritional impacts of a fruit and vegetable subsidy programme for disadvantaged Australian Aboriginal children
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0007114513001700
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMedicine (St Vincent's)
melbourne.affiliation.facultyMelbourne Medical School
melbourne.affiliation.facultyMedicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
melbourne.publication.statusAccepted manuscript
melbourne.source.titleBRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION
melbourne.source.volume110
melbourne.source.issue12
melbourne.identifier.nhmrc520681
melbourne.identifier.nhmrc320860
melbourne.publicationid211256
melbourne.publication.chiefinvestigatorBlack, Dr Andrew
melbourne.publication.chiefinvestigatorO'DEA, PROF KERIN
melbourne.publication.chiefinvestigatoremailko@unimelb.edu.au
melbourne.elementsidNA
melbourne.contributor.authorDaniel, Mark
melbourne.contributor.authorO'Dea, Kerin
melbourne.internal.ingestnoteAbstract bulk upload (2017-07-24)
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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