This study will examine the impact of the opening of a new grocery store in a lower-income, multi-ethnic neighborhood in San Francisco. This research team has already collected two sets of baseline data from the neighborhood prior to the opening of the grocery store. This new project will allow for a final wave of endpoint data collection following the August 2011 store opening. Specific aims include: 1) assessing the impact of the opening of a full-service grocery store on healthy food and beverage availability in an underserved community, 2) assessing the impact of the store opening on the food purchasing and eating practices of local families living in the area within one year of the opening, and 3) assessing community perceptions related to the advantages and/or disadvantages of a new grocery store in their community.
Comparing Health and Shopping Behaviors Before and After Opening a Supermarket in a Low-Income Community of Color at Risk for Obesity
The healthfulness of foods and beverages found in retail food stores differs widely across the United States, both by location of the store as well as by store type. Some communities have limited access to stores that carry healthful staple foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain-rich foods, and … More
Children and adolescents see between 4,500 and 6,000 food ads on TV each year, the majority of which are for products high in sugar and fat and low in essential nutrients. In April 2011, a coalition of federal authorities known as the Interagency Working Group on Foods Marketed to Children … More
The marketing of unhealthy foods to children and youth is a major public health concern. Children in the United States grow up surrounded by food and beverage marketing, which primarily promotes products with excessive amounts of added sugar, salt, and fat, and inadequate amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. … More