The Association of Food Insecurity with Physically and Mentally Healthy Days among Seniors in a Low-Income Community

Yanisbel Ruiz

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.

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Anonymous (@guest_784)
1 year ago

Your research poster layout and design is very eye-catching and looks well put together, great job!

Anonymous (@guest_9646)
Reply to  Anonymous
1 year ago

Thank you so much I appreciate the feedback

Meagan (@guest_3066)
1 year ago

Wow! So proud of you!

jennifer lantz
jennifer lantz (@guest_3362)
1 year ago

food insecurity is a big issue that needs to be addressed. thank you for covering such a topic.

Anonymous (@guest_9648)
Reply to  jennifer lantz
1 year ago

Of course, I think food insecurity is a topic that we as a nation need to address to help close that health disparity gap.

Della V. Mosley
Della V. Mosley (@guest_5060)
1 year ago

Excellent work Yanisbel and colleagues!

Erin Kim
Erin Kim (@guest_5276)
1 year ago

Love this so much! Such an important topic that deserves more recognition. Great work!

Sharon Austin
Sharon Austin (@guest_6080)
1 year ago

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.

Sharon Toor
Sharon Toor (@guest_7408)
1 year ago

Awesome job!

Wafaa (@guest_7660)
1 year ago

Such an inspiration; great job!!