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Public Health Nutr. 2009 Nov;12(11):2060-7. doi: 10.1017/S1368980009005242. Epub 2009 Apr 30.

A corner store intervention in a low-income urban community is associated with increased availability and sales of some healthy foods.

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  • 1Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205-2179, USA. hsong@jhsph.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

While corner store-based nutrition interventions have emerged as a potential strategy to increase healthy food availability in low-income communities, few evaluation studies exist. We present the results of a trial in Baltimore City to increase the availability and sales of healthier food options in local stores.

DESIGN:

Quasi-experimental study.

SETTING:

Corner stores owned by Korean-Americans and supermarkets located in East and West Baltimore.

SUBJECTS:

Seven corner stores and two supermarkets in East Baltimore received a 10-month intervention and six corner stores and two supermarkets in West Baltimore served as comparison.

RESULTS:

During and post-intervention, stocking of healthy foods and weekly reported sales of some promoted foods increased significantly in intervention stores compared with comparison stores. Also, intervention storeowners showed significantly higher self-efficacy for stocking some healthy foods in comparison to West Baltimore storeowners.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings of the study demonstrated that increases in the stocking and promotion of healthy foods can result in increased sales. Working in small corner stores may be a feasible means of improving the availability of healthy foods and their sales in a low-income urban community.

PMID:
19402943
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PMCID:
PMC3043106
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