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Healthy Neighborhood Stores: Key Recommendations for Working with Owners of Small Stores in Communities of High Need

Published:October 09, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2015.08.018
      In recent years, leading public health authorities have recommended improving the retail food environment to make healthier foods more accessible among underserved populations.
      • Larson N.I.
      • Story M.T.
      • Nelson M.C.
      Neighborhood environments: Disparities in access to healthy foods in the U.S.
      • Story M.
      • Kaphingst K.M.
      • Robinson-O’Brien R.
      • Glanz K.
      Creating healthy food and eating environments: Policy and environmental approaches.

      Hagan E, Rubin V. Economic and community development outcomes of healthy food retail. 2013. http://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en/node/11933. Accessed January 22, 2015.

      • Glanz K.
      • Sallis J.F.
      • Saelens B.E.
      • Frank L.D.
      Healthy nutrition environments: Concepts and measures.
      Small food stores can contribute to community efforts to promote healthy eating behaviors by providing healthy food options in typically underserved areas.
      • Story M.
      • Kaphingst K.M.
      • Robinson-O’Brien R.
      • Glanz K.
      Creating healthy food and eating environments: Policy and environmental approaches.
      • D’Angelo H.
      • Suratkar S.
      • Song H.-J.
      • Stauffer E.
      • Gittelsohn J.
      Access to food source and food source use are associated with healthy and unhealthy food-purchasing behaviours among low-income African-American adults in Baltimore City.
      • Cavanaugh E.
      • Mallya G.
      • Brensinger C.
      • Tierney A.
      • Glanz K.
      Nutrition environments in corner stores in Philadelphia.
      • Ghirardelli A.
      • Quinn V.
      • Foerster S.B.
      Using geographic information systems and local food store data in California’s low-income neighborhoods to inform community initiatives and resources.
      Previous findings from small store interventions have suggested that collaborating with storeowners is important for successful implementation and sustainability of the intervention,
      • Pitts S.B.J.
      • Bringolf K.R.
      • Lawton K.K.
      • et al.
      Formative evaluation for a healthy corner store initiative in Pitt County, North Carolina: Assessing the rural food environment, part 1.
      • Pitts S.B.J.
      • Bringolf K.R.
      • Lloyd C.L.
      • McGuirt J.T.
      • Lawton K.K.
      • Morgan J.
      Formative evaluation for a healthy corner store initiative in Pitt County, North Carolina: Engaging stakeholders for a healthy corner store initiative, part 2.
      • Song H.-J.
      • Gittelsohn J.
      • Kim M.
      • Suratkar S.
      • Sharma S.
      • Anliker J.
      Korean American storeowners’ perceived barriers and motivators for implementing a corner store-based program.
      and building relationships with storeowners is a key element in establishing a collaboration.
      • Gittelsohn J.
      • Laska M.N.
      • Karpyn A.
      • Klingler K.
      • Ayala G.X.
      Lessons learned from small store programs to increase healthy food access.
      However, the perspective of the owners is often unreported and underrepresented in current small store intervention literature.
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