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Society for Economic Botany/BSA Economic Botany Section

Khan, Sarah K. [1], Calloway, Stephanie A. [2], Maida, I. Tatiana [3], Rakel, Dave P. [1].

Block Spanish food frequency screeners, eating out, shopping and Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in a predominantly Latino community, Milwaukee WI.

More than 60% of Wisconsin's Latino population is overweight or obese compared to 23% of the US population.UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine, CORE/El Centro, and Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinics partnered to document the eating habits and research the nutrition environment of a predominantly urban Latino community. Two community-based clinics offer primary care, integrative modalities, exercise,and wellness services to all, regardless of ability to pay in Milwaukee, WI. Spanish Block Food Frequency Screeners for fruit,vegetable, and fat consumption, and a survey assessing where clients shopped for food and ate out were administered. Based on the most frequented shopping outlets, Nutrition Environment Measurement Surveys (NEMS-Stores) were administered in stores. Clinic participants surveyed (n=225) reported good fruit and vegetable intake (approximately four servings/day). Participants also reported good fat intake (19-24% calories fromfat/day). When fat intake was broken down by gender, men's fat intake was reported as fair (25-33% calories from fat/day), whereas women's fat intake remained good. The grocery and convenience stores (n = 13) assessed generally offered a good selection of healthier food options; stores generally offered high quality fruits and vegetables; though overall higher prices for healthier food options predominated relative to a regular food choices. We would like to present our results and get feedback about our planned next steps in terms of Latino Health improvement through urban gardens, culturally appropriate health and culinary education and intervention programs.

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1 - UW-Madison, Dept Family Medicine-Integrative Medicine, Madison, WI
2 - CORE/El Centro, CORE/El Centro, Food & Environmental Health Coordinator, Milwaukee, WI
3 - Nutrition Health Educator, CORE/El Centro, Milwaukee, WI

Latino health
Mexican foodways
Mexican culinary traditions
Built environment
urban gardening
Food Security
food plants.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 49
Location: Maryland Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: 49001
Abstract ID:714

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