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

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Hossain, Delwar, Yuginovich, Trudy, Lambden, Joanne, 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/14635240.2014.971189
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Impact of Red Apple Healthy Lifestyles Program on healthy eating behaviour of low socio-economic participants in rural and regional communities in Australia

ERA Journal ID13760
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsHossain, Delwar (Author), Yuginovich, Trudy (Author), Lambden, Joanne (Author), Gibson, Maurine (Author) and Allen, Rowena (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Health Promotion and Education
Journal Citation53 (3), pp. 136-146
Number of Pages11
Year2015
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
ISSN1368-1222
1463-5240
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14635240.2014.971189
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14635240.2014.971189
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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

Keywordshealthy eating, lifestyles, low socioeconomic, rural communities
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420603. Health promotion
420305. Health and community services
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Byline AffiliationsCentre for Rural and Remote Area Health
School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Joanne Lambden and Associates, Australia
Hervey Bay Community Centre, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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