Project: A Feasibility Study of Nutrition Education Intervention in Food Stores Serving the Low Income
Award Year: 2004
Amount of award, fiscal 2004: $100,000.00
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: Joel Gittelsohn
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project will evaluate the feasibility of a food-store-based nutrition intervention program for low-income consumers. The intervention will increase the availability of healthful food choices in participating stores and promote those foods at the point of purchase. The feasibility study will: (1) develop and field test reliable and valid methods for assessing program impacts on food store sales, consumer food purchasing, preparation and consumption, as well as consumer food-related psychosocial factors; (2) examine program impacts for food assistance program participants versus non-participants; and (3) assess the following factors and their interrelationships: access to and use of available food stores, availability and variety of foods sold, food advertising and promotion, food selection and consumption, and exposure to the intervention program. In addition, it will assess the costs and benefits of running the program for the stores involved.
Topic: Data Collection and Methodology, Nutrition Education
Dodson, J., Y-C. Hsiao, M. Kasat-Shors, L. Murray, N. Nguyen, A. Richards, and J. Gittelsohn. “Formative Research for a Healthy Diet Intervention Among Inner-City Adolescents:  The Importance of Family, School and Neighborhood Environment,” Ecology of Food and Nutrition, Vol. 48, Issue 1, January 2009.
Gittelsohn, J., M. Franceschini, I. Rasooly, A. Ries, L. Ho, W. Pavlovich, V. Santos, S. Jennings, and K. Frick. "Understanding the Food Environment in a Low-Income Urban Setting: Implications for Food Store Interventions," Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, Vol. 2, Issue 2 & 3, April 2008.
Sharma, S., X. Cao, C. Arcan, M. Mattingly, S. Jennings, H-J. Song, and J. Gittelsohn. “Assessment of Dietary Intake in an Inner-City African American Population and Development of a Quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire to Highlight Foods and Nutrients for a Nutritional Invention,” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Volume 60, Supplement 5, September 2009.
Song, H., J. Gittelsohn, M. Kim, S. Suratkar, S. Sharma, and J. Anliker. “A Corner Store Intervention in a Low-Income Urban Community is Associated with Increased Availability and Sales of Some Healthy Foods,” Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 12, Issue 11, November 2009.