Assessing the Impact of a Supermarket on the Diet & Food Environment of Community Residents

The main purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a new supermarket opening in an urban food desert in January 2015 with healthy food retail funding, favorably influences dietary intake of residents.

The aims of the study are:

  1. To determine whether low-income urban residents living in close proximity to a newly built supermarket exhibit improved dietary quality over baseline.
  2. To identify individual-level and geographic factors associated with shopping at the store, by comparing characteristics of adult food shoppers who shop at the new store to adult food shoppers who do not.
  3. Compare low-income, urban residents‘ perceived access to affordable, nutritious food before and after store launch.
  4. To examine the impact of a newly built supermarket on the neighborhood retail food environment.

Funded by The National Institutes of Health

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