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Weiss S.,One Penn Center | Davis E.,University of Pennsylvania | Wojtanowski A.C.,Temple University | Foster G.D.,Temple University | And 2 more authors.
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2015

Objective To explore shoppers' responses to the taste of different types of cow's milk in a blind taste test and to examine their willingness to purchase lower-fat milk as part of an in-store marketing intervention. Design Participants were recruited on-site in the supermarket to participate in a blind taste test of three varieties of cow's milk and asked to guess what type they sampled. Setting The taste testing was conducted as part of the Healthy Retail Solution (HRS) intervention that took place in four large supermarkets in Philadelphia, PA, USA over the course of six months. Subjects Adults (n 444) at participating Philadelphia supermarkets. Results The majority of participants at all stores reported typically purchasing higher-fat milk. Forty per cent of participants reported buying whole milk, 38 % purchased milk with 2 % fat. Very few participants correctly identified all three milk samples during the taste test (6·9 %) and a majority of participants were unable to identify the type of milk they self-reported typically purchased. Conclusions Most consumers could not accurately distinguish between various types of milk. Taste testing is a promising strategy to introduce lower-fat milks to consumers who have not tried them before. Campaigns to purchase skimmed, 1 % or 2 % milk may result in significant energy reduction over time and can serve as a simple way to combat overweight and obesity. Copyright © The Authors 2014. Source


Lent M.R.,Temple University | Vander Veur S.S.,Temple University | McCoy T.A.,Temple University | Wojtanowski A.C.,Temple University | And 4 more authors.
Obesity | Year: 2014

Objective Although many initiatives exist to improve the availability of healthy foods in corner stores, few randomized trials have assessed their effects. This study evaluated, in a randomized controlled trial, the effects of a first-generation healthy corner store intervention on students' food and beverage purchases over a 2-year period. Methods Participants (n-=-767) were fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students. Ten schools and their nearby corner stores (n-=-24) were randomly assigned to the healthy corner store intervention or an assessment-only control. Intercept surveys directly assessed the nutritional characteristics of students' corner store purchases at baseline, 1 and 2 years. Students' weight and heights were measured at baseline, 1 and 2 years. Results There were no differences in energy content per intercept purchased from control or intervention schools at year 1 (P-=-0.12) or 2 (P-=-0.58). There were no differences between control and intervention students in BMI z score (year 1, P-=-0.83; year 2, P-=-0. 98) or obesity prevalence (year 1, P-=-0.96; year 2, P-=-0.58). Conclusions A healthy corner store initiative did not result in significant changes in the energy content of corner store purchases or in continuous or categorical measures of obesity. These data will help to inform future interventions. © 2014 The Obesity Society. Source


Harries C.,One Penn Center | Koprak J.,One Penn Center | Parker K.M.,Tulane University
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice | Year: 2014

Public health obesity prevention experts have recently emphasized a policy systems and environmental change approach. Absent, however, are studies describing how practitioners transition from policy adoption to implementation. In the realm of food policy, financing programs to incentivize healthy food retail development in communities classified as "underserved" are underway at the local, state, and national levels. Implementing these policies requires a clear definition of eligibility for program applicants and policy administrators. This article outlines a methodology to establish eligibility for healthy food financing programs by describing the work of The Food Trust to coadminister programs in 3 distinct regions. To determine program eligibility, qualitative assessments of community fit are needed and national data sources must be locally verified. Our findings have broad implications for programs that assess need to allocate limited public/private financing resources. © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source


Young C.,One Penn Center | Karpyn A.,One Penn Center | Uy N.,One Penn Center | Wich K.,One Penn Center | Glyn J.,One Penn Center
Community Development | Year: 2011

Farmers' markets are an increasing priority for communities and health advocates. They contribute to the health of community members and the economic livelihood of small farms. Despite increasing recognition of the positive impact that farmers' markets have in revitalizing communities, relatively little is published on strategies that sustain markets in lower income communities. This paper describes how community level factors, federal food assistance programs and related public policies have an effect on farmers' markets in underserved areas. Best practices for developing and maintaining markets are discussed, as well as strategies to help sustain markets, such as expanded access to federal food assistance programs and use of bonus vouchers. Policy issues for improving healthy food access in low income communities are also discussed. © 2011 Community Development Society. Source

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