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y coalitions, advocacy groups and schools. By joining with these local groups, they hope to develop interventions, educational programs and incentives that address the major factors affecting dietary choice knowledge, skills, accessibility, availability and affordability.

In addition, said Fulp, "Communities need to work collaboratively with local businesses to address the issue of quality heart-healthy foods that are accessible and available.

It is also critical that food pricing and government subsidies are addressed as a matter of public health policy."

Fulp notes that a limitation of the study is that the data are confined to one ethnic group within one community. For this reason, they plan to conduct a similar study in another local community, Jamaica Plain, Mass., with Latina women.

Co-authors are Katherine D. McManus, R.D., M.S. and Paula A. Johnson, M.D., M.P.H.


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Contact: Darcy Spitz
darcy.spitz@heart.org
212-878-5940
American Heart Association
9-Nov-2004


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