The places in a community where people buy or eat food—what researchers call "nutrition environments"—may be contributing to increasing levels of childhood and adult obesity in the United States.
A research team led by Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, then at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University:
- Developed the Nutrition Environments Measures Survey (NEMS)—a series of measures designed to assess the healthfulness of various nutrition environments, including food stores and restaurants
- Pilot tested the measures in four Atlanta neighborhoods
- Developed a training program for community advocates and researchers on using the measures