Tracking the Use of Free Produce Coupons Given to Families and the Impact on Children’s Consumption
By Chinchanachokchai S, Jamelske E, Owens D
Background: American children typically eat fewer fruits and vegetables than recommended by guidelines. This study examines whether free coupons can increase children’s fruit and veg- etable intake at home.
Methods: Families of the participating students received weekly coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables over a 1-month period. Pretest and posttest surveys were conducted to measure change in consumption. Each survey consisted of 3 consecutive days of self-reported dietary recall of each student’s fruit and vegetable intake for dinner.
Results: Coupon redemption across the 4-week study was 27.3%. There was evidence of price discounts positively impact fruit and increased vegetable consumption, but not fruit consumption. vegetable consumption.6
Conclusions: We identified successes and challenges that can guide practitioners, policymakers, and other academic researchers in future endeavors to meet this goal.
November 17, 2017
Chinchanachokchai S, Jamelske E, Owens D (2017) 'Tracking the Use of Free Produce Coupons Given to Families and the Impact on Children's Consumption'. Wisconsin Medical Journal: Vol. 116, Issue 1, pp. 40-43. Available online: https://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org/_WMS/publications/wmj/pdf/116/1/40.pdf