Research Brief: Swipe the Card, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables? Obstacles Facing Nutrition Incentive Programs

Carolyn Dimitri, Lydia Oberholtzer

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Abstract

The Healthy Savings Program, as piloted in New York City, provided up to $10 a week discount for items in the produce department of participating supermarkets. A total of 673 individuals enrolled in a six month pre- and post-study. Those who used Healthy Savings most often were seniors, weekly shoppers, or used food pantries. Obstacles to using the card included poor access to participating supermarkets and lack of clarity about how to use the program. Recommendations include meeting the needs of the intended population by selecting supermarkets that reflect their shopping habits, and designing programs that are easily understandable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • food access
  • healthy savings program
  • Nutrition incentives
  • shopping behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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