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Eating Better for Less: A National Discount Program for Healthy Food Purchases in South Africa

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Abstract:

Objectives: To examine whether reducing prices for healthy food purchases leads to changes in self-reported measures of food consumption and weight status. Methods: Repeated surveys of about 350,000 HealthyFood participants and nonparticipants. Results: Program participation is associated with more consumption of fruits/vegetables and whole-grain foods and less consumption of high sugar/salt foods, fried foods, processed meats, and fast food. There is no strong evidence that participation reduces obesity. Conclusions: A substantial price intervention might be effective in improving diets.

Keywords: DIET; DISCOUNT; FINANCIAL INCENTIVE; OBESITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.1.6

Affiliations: 1: RAND Corporation and Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica, CA, USA. ran@rand.org 2: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; Discovery Health, Johannesburg, South Africa 3: Discovery Health, Johannesburg, South Africa 4: RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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