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http://hej.sagepub.com/ Health Education Journal http://hej.sagepub.com/content/69/3/344 The online version of this article can be found at: DOI: 10.1177/0017896910364833 2010 69: 344 originally published online 4 May 2010 Health Education Journal Kamilah B Thomas, Kimberlea Hauser, Nydia Y Rodriguez and Gwendolyn P Quinn Folic acid promotion for Hispanic women in Florida: A vitamin diary study Published by: http://www.sagepublications.com can be found at: Health Education Journal Additional services and information for http://hej.sagepub.com/cgi/alerts Email Alerts: http://hej.sagepub.com/subscriptions Subscriptions: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsReprints.nav Reprints: http://www.sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav Permissions: http://hej.sagepub.com/content/69/3/344.refs.html Citations: at BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV on September 13, 2010 hej.sagepub.com Downloaded from
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Article h e j Health Education Journal 69(3) 344–352 © The Author(s) 2010 Reprints and permission: sagepub. co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0017896910364833 http://hej.sagepub.com Corresponding author: Kamilah B Thomas, Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA Email: kamilah.thomas@moffitt.org Folic acid promotion for Hispanic women in Florida: A vitamin diary study Kamilah B Thomas a , Kimberlea Hauser b , Nydia Y Rodriguez b and Gwendolyn P Quinn c a Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA b Birth Defects Surveillance Program, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA c Department of Oncologic Sciences, College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA Abstract Objective: To assess the barriers and benefits of taking multivitamins among Hispanic women exposed to a folic acid social marketing campaign in Florida, USA. Design and setting: Evaluation of non-pregnant women aged 18–35 from multiple Hispanic subgroups. Method: For 6   months, participants exposed to social marketing campaign educational materials were given a supply of vitamins and reported, on a daily basis, how often they took a multivitamin with folic acid and reasons why they may not have taken the multivitamin. Results: Forty-one women participated in the study and 65 per cent missed 10 days or less of taking the supplement. The most common reason for not taking the vitamin was forgetting. Conclusion: Compliance with multivitamin intake has numerous barriers. Therefore, continued educational efforts by public health practitioners are necessary in order to reach Hispanic/Latino populations known to have a high risk of neural tube defects. Keywords
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