5124.0 Improving the Retail Environment for Healthy Food: Examples from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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This session will share the results of various interventions aimed at measuring the food environment, promoting local foods, and increasing the accessibility of healthy foods. The papers are based on novel methodologies and newly collected and previously unpublished data from communities that were funded by the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program. CPPW is a CDC initiative which supports communities and states across the country to develop interventions which tackle obesity and tobacco use through environmental change initiatives at the local level. Speakers from four CPPW funded communities will share their strategies in program development, implementation, and evaluation. The City of Chicago and Philadelphia are implementing and evaluating city wide strategies to improve access to healthy foods through healthy corner store initiatives. Portland, Maine and Olmsted County, Minnesota are devising avenues for increasing access to healthy foods at farmers markets for lower income consumers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program electronic benefit transfers (EBT) and/or Women Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers. The limited accessibility of healthy food is a major issue in many communities across the country. Food deserts, high costs of healthy foods, and marketing and promotion of unhealthy foods are among several barriers to the availability and promotion of healthy foods, particularly in low income neighborhoods. The retail environment offers a promising access point for change. The innovative strategies developed by the communities represented by the invited speakers contribute to the evidence base for how to improve retail environments for increased access to healthy foods.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify concrete strategies using a community-based approach to improving retail environments for healthy foods; and 2. Explain the benefits of such community-based programs for community residents, farmers, and store owners.
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10:30am
Introductory Remarks As moderator and discussant, Dr. Blanck will respond to the presentation based on her expertise and experience overseeing CDCís monitoring of state obesity prevalence and key behavioral and systems supports for obesity prevention and control. This unit focus on national, state and local surveillance, applied research, and guidelines development related to topics such as nutrition standards, sugar drinks/drinking water, food marketing and screen time. As the creator and Senior Advisor to the CDC's Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, Dr. Blanck has extensive experience evaluating efforts to support changes in healthy eating and physical activity in multiple settings including the food retail environment. Learning objective: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify three concrete strategies communities can use to improve access to healthy foods via retail environments. Heidi M. Blanck, PhD
10:35am
Chicago's Healthy Corner Store Initiative: Linking community-based approaches to city policy development
Adam B. Becker, PhD, MPH, Mary Snodgrass, MPH, Sona Smith, Ed Boone and Jennifer Herd, MHLP
11:05am
Nashville's CPPW Corner Store Initiative: Methods and Measurement
Celia Larson, PhD and Alisa R. Haushalter, DNP, RN
11:20am
Introducing EBT and Credit/Debit card access as new revenue streams to local farmers' markets
Bethany Sanborn, MPH, MCHES, Joan Ingram, MPH, TIm Fuller, Jessica Shaffer, MS, CHES, Toho Soma, MPH and Craig Lapine
11:35am
Discussion As a moderator and discussant, Dr. Blanck will respond to the presentation based on her expertise and experience overseeing CDCís monitoring of state obesity prevalence and key behavioral and systems supports for obesity prevention and control. This unit focus on national, state and local surveillance, applied research, and guidelines development related to topics such as nutrition standards, sugar drinks/drinking water, food marketing and screen time. As the creator and Senior Advisor to the CDC's Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network, Dr. Blanck has extensive experience evaluating efforts to support changes in healthy eating and physical activity in multiple settings including the food retail environment. Learning objective: By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify three concrete strategies communities can use to improve access to healthy foods via retail environments. Heidi M. Blanck, PhD

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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