Cultural Competency and Diversity Collection
The Need to Incorporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Reflections from a National Initiative Measuring Fruit and Vegetable IntakeDietary patterns that include fruits and vegetables (F/V) greatly reduce chronic disease risk, but 90% of all adults in the United States do not consume enough F/V.1 Further, long-standing systemic inequities that produce multiple barriers have contributed to low F/V intake (F/VI) among individuals who report low-income or belong to a racial and/or ethnic minority group.2–5 Subsequently, these populations are less likely to meet recommended levels of F/VI and tend to have higher rates of food insecurity, or a lack of ability to access safe, nutritious, and affordable food.
Comparison of School vs Home Breakfast Consumption with Cardiometabolic and Dietary Parameters in Low-Income, Multiracial/Ethnic Elementary School-Aged ChildrenBreakfast consumption is often associated with improving cardiometabolic parameters and diet quality. However, literature evaluating breakfast consumption with these outcomes between the school and home environments is limited.
The Contribution of Snacking to Overall Diet Intake among an Ethnically and Racially Diverse Population of Boys and GirlsChildren in low-income and minority populations are at risk for poor dietary quality. At least one-third of the calories consumed by children are eaten between meals (ie, snacks). The contribution of snacking to diet quality among children is poorly understood.
Tribally Affiliated Child-Care Center Environment and Obesogenic Behaviors in Young ChildrenChild-care centers are an integral part of life for many families with young children. American Indian children are at elevated health risk because of higher levels of obesity and associated health behaviors.
Dietary and Weight-Related Behaviors and Body Mass Index among Hispanic, Hmong, Somali, and White AdolescentsThe population of the United States is becoming increasingly ethnically and racially diverse, much of it due to immigration patterns. However, little is known about dietary intake and weight-related concerns and behaviors of youth from some ethnic-minority groups, especially Hispanic, Hmong, and Somali adolescents.
Periconception Diet does not Vary by Duration of US Residence for Mexican Immigrant WomenThis cross-sectional study assessed the influence of duration of residence in the United States on periconception dietary intake of pregnant Mexican immigrant women, using baseline data from Healthy Mothers on the Move, a randomized control trial conducted with 234 women from 2004 to 2006 in Detroit, MI. Average maternal age was 27.3±5.2 years (range=18 to 41 years) with 5.99±4.76 years of US residence (range=0 to 36 years). Women's usual dietary intake during the past 12 months was recorded on a validated food frequency questionnaire (17.3 weeks average gestation).