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Title:Nutrition Education Needs of Women Being Released From Prison
Alt. Title:Maine Reentry Nutrition Initiative: 2005 Discussion Groups Summary
Pub. date: 2006
Includes: research summary
Audience: Adults
Language: English
Description:This document is a summary of the major findings from a series of nutrition and physical activity discussions conducted with female inmates at the Maine Correctional Center’s Women’s Center. The purpose of the discussions was to determine participants’ interest in and need for nutrition education upon release from prison.
Funding Source: USDA, Food Stamp Nutrition Education
Developer: Jennifer Decker and Jigna Dharod
Organization: Maine Nutrition Network, USM
Length: 4 pages
Use Restrictions: 12/16/08
Reviewers Comments: Nutrition Education Needs of Women Being Released from Prison is a short document that summarizes the major themes that emerged from nutrition focused discussions in a female correctional facility. The Maine Reentry Nutrition Initiative was created to provide nutrition education to Food Stamp eligible women re-entering society after confinement. Currently, fifteen states allow those convicted of a drug felony to be eligible for the Food Stamp Program.

In total, four discussion groups met once for approximately 1½ hours each at the Maine Correctional Center (MCC), in Windham, Maine, during August of 2005. The discussion groups were facilitated by a resident of the MCC in order to increase the likelihood that the participants would feel comfortable sharing their opinions. They were tape recorded and later transcribed and analyzed. Four main themes were identified: general nutrition knowledge, weight management, links to emotions and mental health, and food security. The women’s convictions, misconceptions, strategies for coping and values on each are discussed in detail. This document would be of great value to a nutrition educator working with a similar population, about to be released or recently released from incarceration, and better help them design targeted curriculums and nutrition programs to meet their specified needs.

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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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