Community health advocates in health disparity zip codes participated in a focus group to identify beliefs and barriers to frequent, healthy family meals and communication at dinnertime. Barriers to family meals included busy schedules, insufficient space to gather together, picky eaters, socioeconomic factors, need to educate, limited grocery stores, lack of cooking skills, and meal planning deficiencies. Barriers to communication included modern electronics, generational differences, and financial stress. Findings from this study may help raise awareness of some of the challenges that families residing in health disparity zip codes face.
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The project described was supported by Award Number P20MD002314-05 from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities . The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities or the National Institutes of Health. The authors do not have any conflicts of interest related to the content of this manuscript.
- African American
- Communication barriers
- Family meals
- Focus groups
- Healthy eating