Expansion of nutrition environment measurement training tools for public health advocates and researchers

To reverse the trend of childhood obesity, communities must first change eating environments to encourage healthier food consumption. The Nutritional Environment Measures Surveys (NEMS), developed through previous grants from RWJF, is a systematic rating instrument that assesses the availability of healthy choices, prices and quality in food stores and restaurants. Because interrater reliability is excellent, users can trust the objectivity of the results. The purpose of this renewal project is to extend the number of people trained in NEMS administration through a "train the trainers" approach. This project helps achieve the strategic objective of childhood obesity prevention in several ways. NEMS has potential to be one of the common measures that health departments, researchers and communities around the country can adopt to assess progress on childhood obesity prevention. This will enable assessment of the Foundation's Childhood Obesity Team's indicator: "By January 2009, 200 vulnerable communities will create better access to affordable, fresh foods and safe places for children to walk, bike and play." Equally important, in 2007 and 2008, RWJF will be investing heavily in at least 12 states that are ready to take action. NEMS will assist state and community leaders in setting priorities for intervention, championing specific local changes, and facilitating assessment of their own progress. The grant deliverables are: (1) launch of 16 additional train-the-trainers programs across the country, including some for the Foundation's Healthy Eating Research grantees and other RWJF grantees; (2) improvement of the NEMS website, including online training, technical assistance and consultation service to process data and create reports for users to share; (3) evaluation of the online training; and (4) expansion of the network of NEMS users.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 5/30/2007

Time frame: 6/1/2007 - 7/31/2009

Grant Number: 59992


Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health

Grace Crum Rollins Building
1518 Clifton Road, N.E.
Atlanta, 30322-4201


Karen Glanz
Project Director