Developing a toolkit to measure access to healthy foods at urban and rural corner stores

The Foundation's program, Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity, was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess environmental and policy influences with the greatest potential to improve healthy eating and weight patterns among the nation's children.This project seeks to address a measurement gap in food access research by assessing various factors in corner stores within the context of the larger food environment related to childhood obesity prevention. Using mainly qualitative approaches, a toolkit of healthy corner store measures, specific to store owners, parents, and adolescents will be developed. The long-term goal of the project is to create a toolkit with consistent and comparable measures of the healthy corner store food environment. Specific aims of the project are to: (1) identify factors that influence the successful implementation of corner store projects in specific targeted populations (store owners, parents, and adolescents), as well as barriers, in both rural and urban settings: and (2) modify existing measurement tools and develop new tools to better assess healthy food access. Deliverables include a healthy corner stores measurement toolkit, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations at national meetings.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $99,845.00

Awarded on: 12/11/2012

Time frame: 1/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

Grant Number: 70601


CHN Nebraska dba Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

8401 West Dodge Road, Suite 100
Omaha, 68114-3494


Courtney Adele Pinard
Project Director