Impact of Red Apple Healthy Lifestyles Program on healthy eating behaviour of low socio-economic participants in rural and regional communities in Australia

Hossain, Delwar and Yuginovich, Trudy and Lambden, Joanne and Gibson, Maurine and Allen, Rowena (2015) Impact of Red Apple Healthy Lifestyles Program on healthy eating behaviour of low socio-economic participants in rural and regional communities in Australia. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53 (3). pp. 136-146. ISSN 1463-5240

Abstract

The central focus of the Red Apple Healthy Lifestyles Program (RAHLP) was the delivery of practical activities on healthy eating, cooking, promoting sustainable changes in health and shopping behaviours among low socio economic families and young people in the rural communities. The study aimed to answer the questions: how do the activities offered by the RAHLP a) increase the knowledge and skills of participants to better adopt healthy eating behaviours, b) increase parents’ ability to establish healthy eating behaviours in their children? The study also aimed to identify any barriers to the adoption of healthy eating choices. Convenience sampling was utilised to access a cross sectional sample of approximately 200 participants and finally a total of 176 people participated in the program.
After participation in the program, the highest proportion of participants indicated they are able to identify healthy foods to eat. Eating breakfast insignificantly increased from 69% before the participation to 75% after their participation in the program, and continued to increase 86% in 3 month. Confidence levels of participants have been sustained after the 3 month survey with further increases in relation to children’s healthy lunchboxes (increasing from 57% to 80%), and understanding suitable food for babies (from 50% to 70%).
The stated benefits of the program by participants are improved knowledge and lifestyle skills, the adoption of healthy eating behaviours, increased parent ability to establish healthy eating patterns among children, and increased self-reliance in relation to aspects of healthy food choices


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 12:09
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2016 06:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: healthy eating, lifestyles, low socioeconomic, rural communities
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.971189
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26270

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