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Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents' Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity.

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White, MJ; Perrin, AJ; Caren, N; Perrin, EM
Published in: J Nutr Educ Behav
February 2020

OBJECTIVE: To observe and interpret cultural influences on health behaviors in a rural area with a high prevalence of obesity. DESIGN: Descriptive, qualitative study. SETTING: Lenoir County, NC, US. PARTICIPANTS: Four focus groups (n = 33) were conducted. Participants were 76% African American and with an average of 25 years of county residence. PHENOMENON OF INTEREST: Diet, physical activity, environment ANALYSIS: Content analysis and thematic data analysis to identify key themes using qualitative analysis software. RESULTS: Participants frequently evoked nostalgia to frame recurrent themes including decreased opportunities for physical activity and changing food access and preparation in the community, contrasting with memories of enjoying local produce and safe outdoor recreation. They interpreted present health behaviors in the context of these past losses. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS: Nostalgia is an important element in our participants' cultural repertoires, revealing elements of place-based culture. Nostalgic narratives may foster a sense of reduced options for healthy eating and exercise by over-emphasizing loss. The incorporation of place-specific obesogenic cultural factors, including the way residents juxtapose past and present, may improve obesity interventions in rural settings.

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J Nutr Educ Behav

DOI

EISSN

1878-2620

Publication Date

February 2020

Volume

52

Issue

2

Start / End Page

126 / 133

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Rural Population
  • Rural Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • North Carolina
  • Middle Aged
  • Memory
  • Male
  • Humans
 

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White, M. J., Perrin, A. J., Caren, N., & Perrin, E. M. (2020). Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents' Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity. J Nutr Educ Behav, 52(2), 126–133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.05.601
White, Michelle J., Andrew J. Perrin, Neal Caren, and Eliana M. Perrin. “Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents' Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity.J Nutr Educ Behav 52, no. 2 (February 2020): 126–33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2019.05.601.
White MJ, Perrin AJ, Caren N, Perrin EM. Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents' Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020 Feb;52(2):126–33.
White, Michelle J., et al. “Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents' Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity.J Nutr Educ Behav, vol. 52, no. 2, Feb. 2020, pp. 126–33. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2019.05.601.
White MJ, Perrin AJ, Caren N, Perrin EM. Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents' Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020 Feb;52(2):126–133.
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Published In

J Nutr Educ Behav

DOI

EISSN

1878-2620

Publication Date

February 2020

Volume

52

Issue

2

Start / End Page

126 / 133

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Rural Population
  • Rural Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • North Carolina
  • Middle Aged
  • Memory
  • Male
  • Humans