Published: October 2012

ID #: 65852

Journal: Am J Prev Med

Authors: Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, Powell LM, et al

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This article describes the results of a study that examined changes in fruit and vegetable (FV) availability and selection at Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) vendors before and after implementation of the 2009 revised WIC food packages in Illinois. Overall, availability and selection of commonly consumed fresh FV and availability of African-American culturally-specific fresh FV improved after implementation of the policy. Modest improvements in overall availability of canned low-sodium vegetables and frozen FV were also observed. Changes in availability and selection differed by the vendor type (large vendor, small vendor, pharmacy), but did not differ by neighborhood characteristics (population density, median household income, racial/ethnic composition).

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