Understanding nutrition issues among grandparents raising grandchildren in Athens, Georgia
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This study aims to better understand nutrition issues among grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in Athens, Georgia. This was a longitudinal study which consisted of four weekly in-depth data collections on nutrition issues in a convenience sample of grandparent caregivers by using in-person interviews, questionnaires, and observations, including a household food inventory. Participants included three female grandparents (mean age 68 ± 11 y) who were all obese and reported having at least one diet-related chronic condition. Two of the three reported symptomatic depression. All participants reported unbalanced diets with inadequate intakes of micronutrients including calcium and vitamin D. Participants also had a small proportion of healthful foods available in the home such as low fat, whole grain, low sodium, or low sugar options. More research is needed to better understand the challenges faced by these households and to develop programs to benefit them.