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ERIC Number: EJ953638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1077-5315
Designing Nutrition Education Programs for Somali Audiences: The Role of Cultural and Religious Practices
Van Offelen, Sara; Sherman, Shelley; May, Jill; Rhodes, Felisha
Journal of Extension, v49 n3 Article 3FEA5 Jun 2011
A focus group of Somali immigrants was conducted as part of a larger study of underserved communities in Minnesota. The goal was to capture Somali women's personal experiences and views on nutrition. This understanding assists Health and Nutrition educators in assessing the quality and effectiveness of current programming efforts and making recommendations for future efforts. Study results indicate that Somali cultural and religious practices define family meal structure, food preparation, and food choices. One important finding was that participants were eager to learn about nutrition and asked specific questions about the nutritional value of foods they eat.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Somalia