Chain drug stores have increased their health care role through expanded pharmacy services and retail health clinics. They also are major food retailers. This creates a tension between health promotion and sales of unhealthy foods and beverages to pharmacy customers. This article explores opportunities to improve the nutritional quality of foods sold at chain drug stores that differ from general healthy food retail approaches. It considers the legal limits on marketing to pharmacy customers; the potential roles of health insurers, pharmacy benefit managers and retail health clinics to voluntarily improve food offerings; and formal policymaking legal considerations and approaches.
The Role of Chain Pharmacies to Promote Healthy Food Retail: Current Trends, Legal Limits, and Policy Opportunities
Understanding Current Trends, Policy Opportunities, and Legal Limits of Using Pharmacies to Promote Healthy Food Retail
This project will use legal and policy analysis to understand how the presence of pharmacies in food retail settings could be used to improve the availability and marketing of healthy foods and beverages in these outlets. Analysis will focus on current trends, legal limits, and policy opportunities to support healthy … More
Evaluating the implementation and impact of a healthier checkout programme at a regional convenience store chain
This study aimed to test the feasibility of implementing and evaluating a healthier checkout pilot study in a convenience store chain in New Hampshire. A quasi-experimental study was conducted comparing a 3-month ‘healthier checkouts’ intervention in ten convenience stores which stocked eight healthier items in the checkout space and ten … More
Calorie labeling is now required on all large U.S. chain restaurant menus, but its influence on consumer behavior is mixed. This study examines whether different parent-targeted messages encourage parents to order lower-calorie meals for their children in a hypothetical online setting. An online RCT was conducted with diverse primary caregivers … More