A financial education program and health of single, low-income women and their children

Kathleen A. Packard, Julie C. Kalkowski, Nicole D. White, Ann M. Ryan-Haddad, Lisa Black, Kathleen A. Flecky, Jennifer Furze, Lorraine M. Rusch, Yongyue Qi

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Abstract

Literature suggests an association between poverty, gender, and health. The Financial Success Program (FSP) provides financial education and support to low-income, single mothers. This study assessed the effect of the FSP on health and quality of life in participants and their children. From 2011-2012, 36 women and 28 children were enrolled. Indicators of health and quality of life were assessed pre-and post-year-long intervention. In addition to improvements in financial outcomes, participants demonstrated a significant reduction in fast food consumption and significant improvements in hopefulness and quality of life. Over 30% of mothers experienced weight loss, 52% a reduction in BMI, and 41% a reduction in body fat percentage. Many children experienced reductions in BMI and BMI percentile. In this chapter we report on the health effect of financial education in low-income single mothers. When designing multifaceted community-based cardiovascular risk reduction programs, financial stress should be addressed through education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Health: Improving Health via Inter-Professional Collaborations
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages49-62
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781633215948
ISBN (Print)9781633215696
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2014

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Packard, K. A., Kalkowski, J. C., White, N. D., Ryan-Haddad, A. M., Black, L., Flecky, K. A., ... Qi, Y. (2014). A financial education program and health of single, low-income women and their children. In Public Health: Improving Health via Inter-Professional Collaborations (pp. 49-62). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..