Diabetes is an urgent public health problem in the U.S., with 30.3 million people currently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This research brief describes the results of a 12-month, diabetes self-management education and fruit and vegetable purchase assistance intervention designed to improve diabetes self-management knowledge and health outcomes among adults diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Findings suggest that small incentives for fruit and vegetable purchases are associated with higher educational program attendance, increased fruit and vegetable consumption, and decreased weight and blood sugar among low-income adults with Type 2 diabetes.
chronic disease, self-management, diabetes, incentive
Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion
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This project was supported with funding from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Mejia, Angie; Schutt, Mary Katherine A.; and Monnat, Shannon M., "An Apple a Day Keeps Diabetes at Bay: Incentivizing Participation in Diabetes Self-Management Education with Fruit & Vegetable Vouchers" (2019). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 107.
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