Authors: Yanisbel Ruiz, Wafaa Ateyah, B.S., Meagan A. Henry, M.A., Carolyn M. Tucker, Ph.D.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carolyn Tucker
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
In 2018, 11.1% of U.S. households did not have enough resources to feed all their members (Coleman-Jensen et al., 2019). Food insecurity is linked to declines in physical and mental health outcomes (Gundersen & Ziliak, 2015) and is most prevalent in low-income, minority populations. Examples of the consequences of food insecurity include depression, stress, and chronic diseases such as obesity, and diabetes.
The Health-Smart Holistic Health and Wellness Centers Program is a community-engaged program to study and address physical and mental health of seniors in a low-income area within Jacksonville, FL. The present study examines the relationship between food insecurity and self-reported physically healthy days and mentally healthy days among the participating seniors. The participants (N = 441) consist mostly of females (77.6%) and Black/African Americans (92.1%) ranging in age from 60-97 (M = 69, SD = 6.88). Food insecurity was measured using the USDA Adult Food Security Survey, and mentally and physically healthy days were measured using the CDC Health-Related Quality of Life-14 Healthy Days Core Module (CDC-HRQOL-14, 2000). We hypothesize that there will be a negative correlation between increasing food insecurity and both the numbers of physically healthy days and mentally healthy days.
Your research poster layout and design is very eye-catching and looks well put together, great job!
Thank you so much I appreciate the feedback
Wow! So proud of you!
food insecurity is a big issue that needs to be addressed. thank you for covering such a topic.
Of course, I think food insecurity is a topic that we as a nation need to address to help close that health disparity gap.
Excellent work Yanisbel and colleagues!
Love this so much! Such an important topic that deserves more recognition. Great work!
Very important research. I would think that most people don’t really think about food insecurity issues. They just assume that Americans (especially adults) don’t have this problem. Good job.
Such an inspiration; great job!!