The goal of this study is to provide much needed scientific evidence about whether the Philadelphia beverage tax is associate with changes in beverage availability and targeted marketing, with a focus on drinks commonly consumed by children ages 0-5 and Black and Latinx households with young children. Specific aims include: (1) Compare changes in retail availability (large and small retailers) of the beverages most frequently consumed by young children ages 2-5 (based on national data) following the implementation of the beverage tax in Philadelphia compared with Baltimore (a control city without a tax); (2) Assess whether beverage marketing for young children in Philadelphia includes different amounts of local media (i.e., TV, magazine, Internet) and advertising via mobile devices for taxed beverages and sweetened, non-taxed beverages (e.g., flavored milk) compared to Baltimore; and (3) Evaluate whether Black and Latinx families with children ages 0 to 5 in Philadelphia and Baltimore are exposed to more beverage advertising on digital device media and local media compared to white families.
Start Date: April 2021
ID #: 283-4131
Principal Investigator: Erica Kenney, ScD, MPH
Organization: President and Fellows of Harvard College
Funding Round: SSB4
Resource Type: Grant Summary
A click too far from fresh foods: A mixed methods comparison of online and in-store grocery behaviors among low-income householdsA recent policy in the U.S. authorized monthly benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to be used online to increase grocery access and promote healthy eating. This study examined online grocery attitudes and purchasing behaviors among low-income SNAP-eligible households with young children with and without online grocery experience. An explanatory sequential mixed methods More