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Family food work: lessons learned from urban Aboriginal women about nutrition promotion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20815998     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article reports on ethnographic study of urban Aboriginal family food and implications for nutrition promotion. Data were collected over 2 years through in-depth interviews and participant observation in groups conducted through Indigenous organisations in a suburb of Brisbane. Issues when organising family food include affordability, keeping family members satisfied and being able to share food, a lack of cooking ideas, the accessibility of nutrition information, additional work involved in ensuring healthy eating, and a desire for convenience. Many different health professionals provide nutrition advice, often directing it towards individuals and not providing adequate guidance to facilitate implementation. The easiest advice to implement worked from existing household food practices, skills and budget. Cooking workshops helped to provide opportunities to experiment with recommended foods so that women could confidently introduce them at home. Aboriginal women are concerned about healthy eating for their families. Disadvantage can limit dietary change and the complexity of family food work is often underestimated in nutrition promotion. Household, rather than individual, framing of nutrition promotion can lead to more sustainable healthy eating changes.
Wendy Foley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian journal of primary health     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1448-7527     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust J Prim Health     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-06     Completed Date:  2010-11-30     Revised Date:  2011-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101123037     Medline TA:  Aust J Prim Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Inala Indigenous Health Service, Inala, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Family Health
Food Habits / ethnology*
Health Promotion*
Oceanic Ancestry Group*
Comment In:
Aust Occup Ther J. 2011 Feb;58(1):54-5   [PMID:  21255033 ]

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