Table 3

Nutritional and health outcomes associated with comprehensive food subsidy program for non-pregnant adults
First Author, Year Intervention, Participants Nutritional outcomes Health outcomes
Ni Mhurchu 2010[30] Food purchases*
12.5% discount on healthier foods at point-of-sale (PD) Change in foods/nutrients at 6 months (PD- no PD)
Mean (95%CI) PD p
Foods, kg/week
or tailored nutrition education (NE) or both compared to no intervention All foods 0.90 (0.29-1.52) 0.004
All healthier 0.79 (0.43-1.16) <0.001
All less healthy 0.07 (−0.15-0.29) 0.56
Main household shoppers >18 years Healthier F&V 0.48 (0.21-0.75) <0.001
Healthier meat 0.06 (0.02-0.11) <0.001
Healthier dairy 0.21 (0.10-0.31) <0.001
No change was noted in intake of saturated fat (primary outcome), energy density or any other macronutrients
There were no effects of tailored nutrition education on food purchases at 6 months.
Change in foods/nutrients at 12 months (PD- no PD)**
Mean (95%CI) PD p
Foods, kg/week
All foods 0.37 (−0.26-1.00) 0.25
All healthier 0.38 (0.01-0.76) 0.045
All less-healthy 0.05 (−0.18-0.27) 0.67
Healthier F&V 0.28 (0.00-0.56) 0.05
Healthier meat 0.03 (−0.01-0.08) 0.15
Healthier dairy 0.06 (−0.04-0.18) 0.21

*Adjusted for baseline values, ethnicity, income, age, sex.

**The 12 month follow-up was 6 months after intervention ended.

Black et al.

Black et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:1099   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-1099

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