This study seeks to develop and test the impact of “nudges” in an online grocery store on purchases of fruit drinks and healthier substitutes among a sample of low-income parents of children ages 1-5 years. The goal of this project is to reduce fruit drink intake among low-income children, including those whose parents participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as a strategy to reduce childhood health disparities. Specific aims include: (1) Develop two food retail nudges to discourage fruit drink purchases and promote healthier substitutes in the online store; (2) Examine the impact of online store nudges on purchases of fruit drinks in an online randomized controlled experiment with low-income parents, including SNAP-participating parents, of children ages 1-5 years (n=2,128); and (3) Disseminate findings to retailers by collaborating with the Fair Food Network to disseminate results to their retailer partners, including those who participate in the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot.
Using Online Food Retail ‘Nudges’ to Promote Healthier Beverage Intake among Low-Income Children
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
Promoting Responsive Bottle-Feeding Within WIC: Evaluation of a Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Approach
Bottle-fed infants are at greater risk for overfeeding and rapid weight gain (RWG), so evidence-based strategies for promoting healthy bottle-feeding practices are needed. The aim of this study was to assess whether policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies for promoting responsive bottle-feeding practices within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for … 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