Evaluating the Impact of Opening a Full-Service Grocery Store in a Low-Income, Underserved Neighborhood
This study will utilize a “natural experiment” study design, examining the influence of the opening of a new full-service grocery store in a low-income, multi-ethnic neighborhood in San Francisco. The specific aims of the study include: (a) assessing the impact of the opening of this grocery store on healthy food and beverage availability in an underserved community, (b) assessing the impact of this store opening on the food purchasing and eating practices of local families living in the area within one year of the opening, and (c) assessing the community perceptions related to the advantages and/or disadvantages of a new supermarket in their community. A mixed method data collection approach will be used before and after the opening of the new store.
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