Locally Grown Fruit and Vegetable Purchasing Habits and the Association With Children's Diet

Molly De Marco, Alison A. Gustafson, Ziya Gizlice, Robin Crowder, Alice S. Ammerman

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This study explores whether the frequency of parents' local fruits and vegetables (F&V) purchasing is associated with children's F&V intake. Questions from the 2008 Child Health Assessment and Monitoring Program survey assessed parental habits and perceived barriers to purchasing and preparing local food. Multivariable logistic regression was used to assess the independent association between frequency of purchasing local food and children's F&V consumption. The study showed that 43.3% of parents report that their child consumes 5 or more servings of F&V/day. In addition, 49.7% of those who purchase locally grown F&V regularly had a child who consumed 5 or more servings of F&V/day. Compared to those parents who purchased locally grown F&V regularly, those in the less frequent purchasing categories were less likely to report that their child consumed 5 or more servings of F&V/day, pointing to the potential role that purchasing locally grown F&V may have in influencing children's intake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-387
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is supported by a Gillings Innovation Laboratory award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.


  • environment
  • food
  • fruit
  • local
  • vegetable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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