Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Food Retail


Overview

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What is the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in communities and within retail outlets?

Retail food environments are increasingly considered influential in determining dietary behaviours and health outcomes.

INFORMAS propose a step-wise framework to monitor and benchmark community and consumer retail food environments that can be used to assess:

  • Density of healthy and unhealthy food outlets
  • Measure proximity of healthy and unhealthy food outlets to homes/schools
  • Evaluate availability of healthy and unhealthy foods in-store
  • Compare food environments over time and between regions and countries
  • Evaluate compliance with local policies, guidelines or voluntary codes of practice
  • And determine the impact of changes to retail food environments on health outcomes, such as obesity.

 

Module leader is Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu

 

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Programme Leader
Nutrition Research at the National Institute for Health Innovation
The University of Auckland
Email: Professor Cliona Ni Mhurchu 

Relevant paper

Monitoring the availability of healthy and unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages in community and consumer retail food environments globally (pages 108–119) C. Ni Mhurchu, S. Vandevijvere, W. Waterlander, L. E. Thornton, B. Kelly, A. J. Cameron, W. Snowdon, B. Swinburn and INFORMAS

Read the INFORMAS paper online here

 

Food Retail (in-store) Sample Protocol

Food retail sample protocol
Food Retail (in-store) Sample Protocol - click to view