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Health of California Women Receiving Food Stamps, 2006-2007

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A brief on the results of the 2007 California Women's Health Survey highlights that 75 percent of the adult heads of households receiving food stamps in California were women. A general health profile for women receiving food stamps can be drawn from the survey.

The California Department of Public Health's Network for a Healthy California creates innovative partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase frutt and vegetable consumption, physical actMty, and food security, with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. These efforts are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Stamp Program and focus on food stamp recipients and other low-income families.

In 2006 and 2007, a combined total of 655 women answered "Yes" to the California Women's Health Survey (CWHS) question: "Did you receive food stamp benefits in the last 1?2 months?" while 9,235 responded "No." In both years, women were also asked a series of core questions related to their general health and socioeconomic status as well as a variety of individual and household demographic characteristics associated with health.

Download the results.