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Date

2018

Abstract

Excess consumption of added sugars has been linked to the development of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The sequelae of such health conditions accrue significant public health costs - both in terms of healthcare spending as well as associated co-morbidities and mortality. Chittenden County, Vermont is home to at least 6,300 new Americans, many of whom have limited English proficiency (LEP). Although office visits can provide crucial advice regarding proper nutrition, written resources available for LEP patients are lacking. This project aimed to meet that need through development of an infographic-rich handout that both promotes healthier grocery store choices and educates patients about added sugar. While it can be useful to those at all literacy levels, the heavy use of visuals was intended specifically to make the handout accessible for those with little to no English proficiency.

Clinical Site

Community Health Centers of Burlington

Keywords

Added sugars, nutrition, diet, limited English proficiency, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Chittenden County, Vermont

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Medical Education | Primary Care

Promoting health literacy about added sugars, with a focus on patients with limited English proficiency

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