PCD News Summary for April 27, 2017
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Recruiting Community Partners for Veggie Van: Strategies and Lessons Learned From a Mobile Market Intervention in North Carolina, 2012–2015
Researchers used a mobile market – the Veggie Van — to provide low-income and low-access community members with fruits and vegetables. The Veggie Van mobile market aimed to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables by providing subsidized, high-quality, local produce in low-resource communities in North Carolina. Twelve sites and 201 participants enrolled in the program. Veggie Van is one of the first studies to use a rigorous randomized design to examine the effect of a mobile market on fruit and vegetable intake in limited-access communities in North Carolina. Recruiting community partners and members for participation in a multi-level, community-based intervention was challenging and took significant time. By presenting successes, challenges, and timelines associated with this intervention, researchers are hopeful their findings may be beneficial for both investigators and community health practitioners aiming to implement community-based food access initiatives.
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