Does the store-turnover method still provide a useful guide to food intakes in Aboriginal communities?
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, September 2007
Julie Brimblecombe, Dorothy Mackerras, Pennie Clifford, Kerin O'Dea
To consider the application of the store-turnover method as a guide to assess food intake in remote Aboriginal communities. Food sources in a remote Aboriginal island community were documented. The contribution of quantifiable food sources to total community-level fresh fruit and vegetable availability was determined. The store remains the single largest supplier of fruit and vegetables overall (54%), however its contribution varies depending on the subpopulation of interest. A store-turnover alone may significantly underestimate community-level dietary intake, depending on the contribution of other food sources. Changes in the food supply in remote communities, coupled with methodological complexities inherent in the store-turnover method, challenge its application in a contemporary context. A simplified version of the store-turnover method is needed that could be widely applied by community people and health practitioners seeking to initiate and monitor interventions to improve diet quality.
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