Promoting Awareness of Food Assistance and Nutrition for Iowans age 50+
Iowans age 50+ with limited incomes are at higher risk of poor nutritional status and could benefit from food assistance (FA). The purpose of the Wellness and Independence through Nutrition (WIN) program is to increase awareness of FA and low-cost nutrition tips for Iowans age 50+ in 14 counties where FA enrollment is low. The WIN Program includes two direct presentations (~30 minutes each) and two indirect presentations that discuss the benefits of FA and low-cost nutrition tips. These were conducted at places serving adults age 50+ (e.g. congregate meal sites, low-income senior housing, or health fairs). The WIN Program reached 1,493 adults; demographic information was not collected due to privacy issues. Paper/pencil surveys (11 questions total: 2 nutrition, 3 FA, and 6 food security) were completed by 272 participants during the presentations. Survey responses were entered into survey monkey and analyzed using descriptive statistics. Most participants answered at least one FA question (n= 214, 78.7%) and at least one nutrition question (n= 207, 76.1%) correctly. Over one-quarter (26.8%) expressed interest in applying for FA. These results suggest the WIN program is effective in increasing the awareness of FA benefits and low-cost nutrition tips for this group of adults.