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 objective of this study was to examine the impact front-of-package nutrition labels (FOPLs) have on decision-making abilities among low-income parents in a virtual supermarket. A 4-by-2 experimental design with 3 FOPLs (summary, nutrient-specific, hybrid) and a no-FOPL comparison was employed. The study took place using a web-based, 3-dimensional virtual … More
To inform programs and policies that promote health equity, it is essential to monitor the distribution of nutritional problems among young individuals. Common nutritional problems include overall low diet quality, the underconsumption and overconsumption of certain dietary components, unhealthy meal and snack patterns, problematic feeding practices and disordered eating. The … More
The Impact of Increasing SNAP Benefits on Stabilizing the Economy, Reducing Poverty and Food Insecurity amid COVID-19 Pandemic
With unemployment currently at a record high as a result of COVID-19, participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is expected to increase significantly. Congress has already passed three COVID-19 aid bills, which include SNAP provisions such as funding for emergency benefits for SNAP households and program administrative flexibilities. … More