My Eyes Opened to a Healthier Life”: An Exploration of Health Choices Made by Puerto Rican Mothers Living in Pennsylvania
This exploratory case study explored health choices related to nutrition and physical activity made by 16 low-income Puerto Rican-born mothers living in Pennsylvania. One-on-one interviews were conducted and triangulation of findings was accomplished through a bicultural assessment, the Puerto Rican Biculturality Scale. Three themes were identified through content analysis: (a) "My eyes opened to a healthier life", (b) “Creating meals is more than just cooking”, and (c) “I know I’m supposed to…It’s just practicing is something else”. The data revealed that maternal health choices were influenced by health concerns, blended families, food costs, and time constraints.
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