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Objectively measured chronic disease risk among food pantry patrons.

Greer AE, Faber M, Smith G, Pendley S, Kamdar N. Objectively measured chronic disease risk among food pantry patrons. Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.). 2021 Sep 1; 38(5):920-925.

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OBJECTIVES AND DESIGN: This cross-sectional, observational study examined the prevalence of objectively measured chronic disease risk factors among a diverse group of food pantry patrons. SAMPLE AND MEASUREMENT: Public health nurses performed biometric screenings in community settings for 1,685 unduplicated adults attending food pantries. RESULTS: Over three fourths of participants (81.1%) were overweight or obese. High cholesterol and high blood pressure were detected in 38.4% and 37.7% of participants, respectively. Over half (58%) of the participants were referred to a local community health clinic for follow-up services. CONCLUSION: Interventions should target food pantry patrons to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease conditions among this vulnerable population.

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