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First Tuesday Wrap-Up - August 1, 2017

Aug 2, 2017

Dr. Fertig's Presentation

Over 30 researchers and industry professionals tuned into Medica Research Institute's (MRI) monthly First Tuesday research seminar. This month's featured speaker was Dr. Angela R. Fertig, MRI investigator and adjunct faculty at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, who presented "A Pilot Study of the Effect of a Discount Produce Card and Educational Programming on Healthy Eating in Low-Income Households."She highlighted findings form the pilot study of an innovative intervention that addressed obesity and poor nutrition by providing food-shelf clients with financial incentives on fresh produce at the grocery store and educational cooking and nutrition classes.


Key findings included:

  • 0.78 cup/day increase in fruit intake
  • 11 percentage point increase in self-reported ability to make a nutritious meal within their budget
  • 55 percent of participants who attended a cooking class started adjusting meals to be healthier after the class



Additional findings from the pilot study are summarized in the infographic below.

Healthy Savings Program Infographic

Did you miss this month's First Tuesday? Check out the next First Tuesday seminar with guest speaker Dr. David Roth on September 5.

First Tuesday Research Seminars are held on the first Tuesday of each month, from 12:00 - 1:00 pm (CST), on the Medica campus. If you cannot attend in person, you may listen to and view the presenter's PowerPoint via WebEx, or listen in by accessing the conference line.

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The Medica Research Institute conducts health services research, generating evidence-based information that will be used to promote health and improve lives. The Institute is committed to sharing all of its cutting-edge research outcomes with the public. These outcomes are presented at a monthly forum: First Tuesday Research Seminar Series. The seminars include presentations from our investigators as well as from guest speakers from the health services research community.