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This paper aims to understand low fruit and vegetable intake identified in The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. This paper aims to improve an understanding of the scope and strengths of health promotion as well as prevention activities in the region with Indigenous peoples. It provides a recommendation based on the background and the available contextual information in regard to the barriers of consuming fruits and vegetables at a higher rate. The associated risk factors are instrumental in the inclusion of the epidemiology that brings out the impact of this low consumption on the health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The details of the contemporary health promotion strategies were included in this paper. In this context, it was observed that the culture of the Indigenous peoples appeared to be a barrier in the availing of timely health services and accessing them (Whalan et al., 2017) . Also even at times, they are provided with health care benefits like the continuity of HCR benefits their lack of knowledge about the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables at times comes in their ways of leading a healthy life. Even, at times they have deprived off all types of government-subsidized health promotional services. Therefore it can be summarized that it was in regard to the negative experiences with hospital-based healthcare professionals that add to their problem of reduced fruit and vegetable intake. This can refer to the diminished rapport they share with the health care providers or the dieticians who recommend taking more of the fruits and vegetables in their diet chart. Thus they fail to follow their instruction and proper Health Promotion program strategies are in need to be implemented (Browne et al., 2019).
Going through the study it can further be summarized that these health care based strategies help in the promotion of culturally safe care practices. They instigate the Indigenous peoples to include effective cross-cultural communication that are relevant to the community setting. These changes to the healthcare workforce have to lead to more and more awareness increment amongst them and eventually lead to more and more intake of fruits and vegetables in their dietary plan. Thus making a plan of action so that these remotely based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples help them to avail of a better opportunity to increase their fruits and vegetable intake (Drew et al., 2018).
If carefully observed then it can be found that these Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples belong from the financially weaker sections of the society. They are always looking to compromise on their daily nutrition mostly associated with the intake of fruits and vegetables. It is due to the fact that a compromise on the part of their dietary plan can lead to the ability to mitigate the ever-increasing demands of their family. A cultural and socio-economically effective interventional health care strategy is needed to be placed to make the fruits and vegetables intake a daily practice amongst the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. All the strategies mentioned in this paper are culturally and economically appropriate and paves the way toward the higher levels of consumption in regards to fruits and vegetable intake (Macniven et al., 2017).
A Health Promotion program can be used in many different forms and areas. The Tendency of not visiting a nutritionist and dietician makes them tag the relative health care issues with no 'solution'. The barrier in this context is remote areas based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are their own belief that discouraged them from availing good medical diagnosis and accept a healthy diet plan with lots of fruits and vegetables. It can be observed that even after being diagnosed with diabetes they tend to delay their consultation with healthcare professionals. And without adopting a good and healthy lifestyle they are too engaged with the general anxieties of their lives (Browne et al., 2019).
Reasons being no or little direct conversation with specialists and ultimatums from hospital-based healthcare professionals also instigate the mentioned barriers. Some felt and were fearful about being getting blamed for their condition and accused of not being adherent to the diet plan. Next comes the treatment intensification that involves the increased amount of prescribed fruits and vegetable intake. These also combine various doses and type of oral hypoglycemic agent. The remote areas based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians also consider appointments with specialists something very close to negative experiences. They do not act as per adopted treatment procedures and do not tend to accept a healthier lifestyle. At times they were not even aware of the available non-medical services for their health issues. Their health care management plan did not engage with the Aboriginal community-based support groups and was enjoying limited access to healthy food intake based educational sessions. They were facing difficulties in navigating as well as accessing the technology-centric healthcare systems due to their difficulties in reading and lack of proficiency. They are even deprived of accessing internet-based dietary plans and remain unaware of helpful resources existence (Mihrshahi et al., 2020).
Brown, C., Laws, C., Leonard, D., Campbell, S., Merone, L., Hammond, M., Thompson, K., Canuto, K. & Brimblecombe, J., 2019. Healthy Choice Rewards: A feasibility trial of incentives to influence consumer food choices in a remote Australian Aboriginal community. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(1), p.112.
Macniven, R., Elwell, M., Ride, K., Bauman, A. and Richards, J., 2017. A snapshot of physical activity programs targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28(3), pp.185-206.
Mihrshahi, S., Partridge, S.R., Zheng, X., Ramachandran, D., Chia, D., Boylan, S. and Chau, J.Y., 2020. Food co-operatives: A potential community-based strategy to improve fruit and vegetable intake in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(11), p.4154.
Whalan, S., Farnbach, S., Volk, L., Gwynn, J., Lock, M., Trieu, K., Brimblecombe, J. and Webster, J., 2017. What do we know about the diets of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia? A systematic literature review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(6), pp.579-584.
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