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The food, or nutrition environment, is widely believed to contribute to the increasing epidemic of childhood and adult obesity in the United States.

Nutrition environments are the places in a community where people buy or eat food. In order to identify and describe community nutrition environments, there is a need for well-defined and reliable tools to measure these environments, and for trained observers who can use the measures in their communities.Vegetables

With the support of our funders, we have developed an online training program on the Nutrition Environment Measures Survey for Stores (NEMS-S) and Restaurants (NEMS-R) for researchers and community advocates and leaders so they can use the tools for research and action in their own communities.

Also on this website, you will find additional NEMS tools, support materials for using any or all of the tools in your community, and NEMS related materials that other NEMS users have shared.

NEMS NEWS and Exciting Updates

CDC and NPS Collaborate on Healthy Foods Evaluation in National Parks

CDC and the National Parks Service adapted NEMS tools to evaluate access, availability, pricing and promotion of nutrition offerings and compiled tools to evaluate free plain drinking water access in national parks. During May 2011 these standardized tools and protocols were piloted in 11 national parks and in fall 2011, over 40 public health staff collected data in national parks across the US. Five evaluation tool modules with detailed protocols were used to collect data about the food environment as seen from the perspective of a typical consumer from multiple settings within parks: restaurants, stores, snack shops, beverage or food vending machines and free drinking water access points.

Cerro Gordo Smart Phone Dining Guide App

The Cerro Gordo Health Department of Iowa did NEMS assessments of all of the restaurants in the county and developed a Smart Dining Guide App for Smart Phones.

NEMS-V Poster Presentation at APHA 2013

Dr. Kimberly Narain used NEMS-V to analyze beverages sold in city parks and the impact of nutrition policy in Carson, CA.  She presented her findings at APHA 2013. 

We would like to share with others all of the exciting news and activities that relates to NEMS, whether it is a project update, a publication, grant funding, customizations, etc. Please send us an email at nems@zimbra.upenn.edu

 

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Funding

NEMS is funded with support from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Agricultural Department, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Center for Health Behavior Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

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