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Table 5 Adult-perceived Awareness, Barriers to Fruits and Vegetables (F&V) Purchasing, and Utilization of Health Food Resources at baseline (N = 313)

From: Design and evaluation of a coalition-led obesity initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in low-income, ethnically diverse communities: the Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin initiative

Question Totala (n = 313) Interventiona (n = 150) Controla (n = 163) p-valueb
Awareness of Availability of Healthy Food Resources
 I don’t know whether there is a farmers market or farm stand in my community 139 (30.8) 72 (31.9) 67 (29.8) 0.22
 I don’t know whether there is a mobile vegetable market in my community. 191 (42.4) 90 (39.8) 101 (44.9) 0.72
 I don’t know whether there is a community garden in my community 121 (26.8) 64 (28.3) 57 (25.3) 0.16
Barriers to F&V Purchasing
Have you had any of the following issues when you buy fruits and vegetables for your family?
 The fruits and vegetables are of low quality 59 (21.1) 30 (20.4) 30 (21.9) 0.83
 Poor selection of fruits and vegetables 74 (26.5) 40 (28.2) 34 (24.8) 0.23
 The fruits and vegetables are expensive 93 (33.3) 49 (34.5) 44 (32.1) 0.27
 Not available in stores where I buy food 13 (4.7) 4 (2.8) 9 (6.6) 0.21
 Other Reason 40 (14.3) 20 (14.1) 20 (14.6) 0.78
Average number of barriers to F&V purchasing
 Mean (SD) 2.27 (1.87) 2.35 (1.85) 2.19 (1.90) 0.45
Utilization of Healthy Food Resources
Where do you obtain fruits and vegetables for your family? (Check all that apply)
 Supermarket 301 (96.2) 157 (96.3) 144 (96.0)  
 Other 42 (3.4) 22 (14.7) 20 (12.3) 0.88
Do you use a farmers market or farm stand in your community?
 Rarely or never 253 (83.8) 126 (86.3) 127 (81.4)  
 Yes, regularly or sometimes 49 (16.2) 20 (13.7) 29 (18.6) 0.25
Do you use a mobile vegetable market in your community?
 Yes, regularly or sometimes 21 (17.2) 10 (16.7) 11 (17.7)  
 Rarely or never 101 (82.8) 50 (83.3) 51 (82.3) 0.88
Do you use a community garden in your community?
 Yes, regularly or sometimes 10 (5.2) 7 (8.1) 3 (2.8)  
 Rarely or never 182 (94.8) 79 (91.9) 103 (97.2) 0.10
  1. a. Totals for individual variables are less than group totals due to missing values; percentages do not always add up to 100 due to rounding errors
  2. b. p-values for χ2 tests, α = 0.05