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Title:Somali Nutrition Discussion Summary
Alt. Title:Eating Habits of Members of the Somali Community: Discussion Summary
Pub. date: 2006
Includes: summary of research
Audience: Nutrition Educators
Language: English
Description:This document is a summary of a series of discussions related to nutrition and health with members of a Somali community in Maine. The discussions identified needs and interests related to nutrition education, and have been used to inform the development of a nutrition education program that focuses on Somali women.
Funding Source: USDA, Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program
Developer: Jennifer Decker
Organization: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service
Phone: 207-626-5054
Length: 8 pages
Assessment instrument Used? no
Reviewers Comments: Eating Habits of Members of the Somali Community was ensued following six group discussions held between January 15 and February 8, 2005 with 80 members of a Somali community in Maine. The purposes of the discussions were to identify nutrition behaviors and attitudes among the Somali population, to determine their nutritional needs and concerns, and to discover the impact of western culture and traditions on their eating behavior and nutritional health. Results of the discussions are categorized into specific topic areas:
  • meal times
  • foods most commonly eaten at meal times
  • foods and products not consumed
  • foods unavailable for purchase
  • nutrition habits during pregnancy
  • children and nutrition
  • balanced eating and nutrition exercise
  • using their monthly benefit
  • gender roles

Following these discussion results are additional sections including similar findings, conclusion, recommendations, glossary of terms and references.

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    Distributor: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service
    Contact: Jennifer Decker
    Mail: 295 Water Street
Augusta, ME 04330
    Phone: 207-626-5054
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