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Combating Food Insecurity

Addressing Health Beyond an Empty Pantry

Wilkinson, Mark

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000590
Feature: CE Connection: practice/faith community nursing

ABSTRACT: Individuals and food-insecure households who rely on food banks have a higher likelihood of chronic health conditions. A study of the Action Family Program at a faith-based community center demonstrated how nurses can impact food bank recipients' health measures through health promotion interventions. Providing healthier food options with the weekly food distribution box, cooking demonstrations, health screenings, and health education resulted in reduced weight, and decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements.

Mark Wilkinson, DNP, RN, is an assistant professor of nursing at Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas. He helped establish the Action Family Program and has researched how to impact the health challenges of food insecure populations.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 10/10/2018.

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