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Minimum income for healthy living


2011 2011

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Abstract (summary)

Objectives: We sought to estimate the costs of implementing the current recommendations for healthy choices for a mother with two young children in Atlanta, Georgia.

Methods: Current recommendations for healthy choices promoted by the federal government or other credible source were compiled and operationalized into specific conditions or behaviors. The costs of implementing these choices in Atlanta were estimated by using internet searches of retailers/suppliers, phone interviews, and direct observation. The least expensive option was chosen when options were available.

Results: Recommendations for choosing a healthy neighborhood, home, school, child care, food, physical activity, and maintaining healthy relationships as well as access to health care were considered. Total costs for this family of three totaled $38,181. Housing, child care, and health insurance contributed to 78% of the total costs.

Conclusions: The minimum income needed to choose healthy choices falls short of current wages, and eligibility levels and benefits for income support.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public health;
Public policy
Classification
0573: Public health
0630: Public policy
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences, Social sciences, Barriers to health, Healthy living, Policy, Poverty
Title
Minimum income for healthy living
Author
Rangel, Maria Lizette
Number of pages
46
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0219
Source
MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124816746
Advisor
Klevens, Joanne; Barroso, Cristina
Committee member
Sexton, Ken
University/institution
The University of Texas School of Public Health
Department
Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences Management
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.P.H.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1497588
ProQuest document ID
886744315
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/886744315
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