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The promotion of healthy eating: food availability and choice in Scottish island communities.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10186449     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Communities in rural areas are in receipt of health education messages on healthy eating aimed at the population. These messages are invariably composed without regard to where people reside, and, in particular, to the availability of, and access to, foodstuffs in rural areas. In this paper the authors present data derived from a participative health needs assessment on the topic of food, diet and health. The research was conducted in a number of islands of the Western Isles of Scotland and comprised seven focus groups, 33 semi-structured interviews, one community and one policy workshop, and a final community feedback session. The needs assessment demonstrated a dichotomy between local experiences of food availability, island food cultures and the contents of healthy eating advice. As a result of the research, local people and health care professionals developed a range of activities on the topic of the traditional island diet. People noted the potentially positive elements of this diet for health but also the possibility of promoting social cohesion through the consideration of food and diet histories. In addition, lobbying at a national level was also identified as necessary to the development of a 'healthy food policy'.
L McKie; G M Clark; M MacLellan; S Skerratt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health education research     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0268-1153     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Educ Res     Publication Date:  1998 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-11-25     Completed Date:  1998-11-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8608459     Medline TA:  Health Educ Res     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-82     Citation Subset:  T    
Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill Health Centre, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Focus Groups
Health Promotion*
Middle Aged
Needs Assessment*
Nutrition Surveys
Rural Health*

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