This study will examine associations between neighborhood food environments, dietary intake and weight status among Latino families with preschool-age children. The specific aims of this work are to: (a) identify individual, familial and environmental predictors of perceived neighborhood food environments among Latino parents, (b) examine the association between parents’ neighborhood perceptions and children’s dietary intake and weight status, (c) evaluate food acquisition behaviors as a potential mediator of the relationship between perceived neighborhood food environments and children’s dietary intake; and (d) evaluate if perceived neighborhood food environments mediate and/or moderate effects of a family/school-based intervention on changes in dietary intake and weight status. The proposed study builds on a recently NIH-funded overweight prevention trial, the ‘Family Based Obesity Prevention in Latino Families’ study (FBOP), using baseline and post-intervention data from FBOP and adding measures of the perceived and objective food environments and activity space.
Studying the Relationship Between Perceived and Objective Food Environments, Dietary Intake and Weight Status in Latino Families
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
Characterizing Multi-Year Community-Based and Large-Scale FINI Projects: Similarities, Differences, and Experiences across Retail Types
The purpose of this project is to collect qualitative information from awardees of multi-year community-based and large-scale projects funded by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) mechanism. This qualitative information will include program implementation and impact across varying incentive delivery types and venues exploring topics such as redemption rates, volume … More
Examining Barriers and Facilitators to Delivering SNAP-Education (SNAP-Ed) Programming in Rural Communities
This project will examine the barriers and facilitators to delivering SNAP-Ed programming in rural communities with a focus on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes. The goals of this project are: 1) to identify the types of SNAP-Ed programming currently being implemented in rural communities, with a focus on PSE … More