Healthy retail strategies implemented in convenience stores have shown to have promising impact on healthy food purchasing and healthy diets. However, additional evidence on specific strategies to promote healthful food purchasing inconvenience stores is needed. One such strategy is creating “healthy check-outs” in small stores. The goal of this project is to implement and rigorously evaluate the impact of the “Healthier Checkout Guidelines” created by Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and the Grocery Retailer Academic Collaborative (GRAC) Guidelines in partnership with a convenience store chain. The specific research questions to be addressed include: 1) How does the addition of 6 to 10 healthier items in the checkout space modify the product mix offered in this key retail space? 2) How does the addition of healthier checkout strategies impact the sales of: healthier items at checkout, less healthy items at checkout, and overall store sales?, and 3) Do convenience stores experience decreased revenue due to the loss of slotting fees from less healthy items?. The research team will conduct a randomized control feasibility study. They will use mixed methods to achieve their aims, including 1) qualitative interviews with key informants at the retail partner including store managers; 2) baseline observations of the in-store environment; and 3) analysis of sales data collected from stores in intervention and comparison conditions.
Evaluating the Impact of a Healthier Checkout Program on Food Sales at a Regional Convenience Retail Chain
Studying the impact of combining fiscal incentives and disincentives to improve healthy food purchases by low-income households with children
Using economic modeling, this study seeks to advance nutritional equity by identifying ways to lower economic barriers to healthy eating among low-income households with children. This study will identify mechanisms for directing unhealthy food and beverage tax revenues towards healthy incentives, particularly through existing federally-funded, but local and state-run programs … More
Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has emerged as an important healthy food and weight policy over the past five years. Seven US cities and more than 30 countries across the globe have adopted taxes on sugary drinks. Initial evaluations have found that these taxes raise the prices of sugary drinks and … More
A Supermarket Double-Dollar Incentive Program Increases Purchases of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Among Low Income Families With Children: The Healthy Double Study
This pilot study was conducted to determine whether a supermarket double-dollar fruit and vegetable (F&V) incentive increases F&V purchases among low-income families. The study was carried out in a supermarket in a low-income rural Maine community. The participants were low-income and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) supermarket customers. The participants … More