Community Food Environments May be Contributing to Obesity
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
As of December 2009, the project team had trained some 385 people from 40 states and eight foreign countries to use the measures.
A 2008 follow-up survey found that six months after receiving training:
- Two-thirds of a sample of participants said they had used the NEMS instrument in their work.
- About one-third of the sample said they had trained an additional 292 people in the use of the measures.
- Twenty-one projects had collected data using the measures. Of those, 10 had final results available. Four teams had published NEMS assessments in peer-reviewed journals.
- Measuring Food Availability and Access in African-American Communities April 1, 2009
- Physical Activity and Food Environments March 1, 2009
- Measuring Food Environments April 1, 2009
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