Positive effect of a targeted intervention to improve access and availability of fruit and vegetables in an area of deprivation

Amy Jennings, Aedín Cassidy, Tim Winters, Sarah Barnes, Alistair Lipp, Richard Holland, Ailsa Welch

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Increasing fruit and vegetable intake has the potential to prevent chronic disease risk but substantial inequalities in intake exist between advantaged and disadvantaged communities. Access and availability of fruit and vegetables have been shown to be important determinants of intake. The current study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a Mobile Food Store intervention to improve access to fruit and vegetables by making cost-price produce available to targeted communities. Postcode mapping identified communities with low fruit and vegetable intake and high chronic disease risk. The Mobile Food Store travelled to these communities each week. Evaluation of self-reported fruit and vegetable intake was collected by validated questionnaire for 255 users (62% response rate). Store use resulted in a significant increase in intake (1.2 portions per day, 95%CI 0.83-1.48; p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1074–1078
Number of pages5
JournalHealth and Place
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Poverty Areas
  • Self Report
  • Vegetables
  • Young Adult

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