Improving the transitional experience of previously incarcerated women a nutritional needs assessment at a transitional home in Houston, Texas
Transitional homes present a window of opportunity to address the nutrition-related chronic diseases of previously incarcerated women. However, few transitional facilities offer nutrition education programs. This study assesses the nutritional status of 9 previously incarcerated women living at a transitional home in Houston, Texas and makes recommendations for effective nutrition education programs. Data was collected through individual interviews, questionnaires and a 24-hour dietary recall. Participants differed significantly from national nutrition recommendations when comparing BMI values and fruit, vegetable and fiber intake. Qualitative interview themes concerned key barriers to healthful dietary intake such as inadequate food storage and inconvenient cooking environment. Nutrition education programs at transitional homes should focus on healthy meals and snacks that can be quickly prepared and easily stored in small spaces.
Ross, Kelley, "Improving the transitional experience of previously incarcerated women a nutritional needs assessment at a transitional home in Houston, Texas" (2010). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1483602.