Research

October 14, 2016

Making Healthy, Economical Food Choices in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

By Leah Chapman, MPH

A Summary of In-store marketing of inexpensive foods with good nutritional quality in disadvantaged neighborhoods: increased awareness, understanding, and purchasing

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The MANAGER TOP intervention (French for “eating great”) took place in 4 discount stores (2 intervention and 2 control) in the 14th and 15th districts in Marseille, France. Assignment to treatment or control groups was not random. The […]

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August 4, 2016

Where does a family get their food?

When investigating how best to improve diet quality among Americans, one way we can gain insight into their nutritional behavior is to analyze how and where families get food. A recent report by the USDA’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) reports these on average weekly food spending. The study includes data from over 4,800 households collected during […]

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August 1, 2016

When Nudges Fail: Designing Better Behavioral Interventions

Nudges are indirect suggestions used to encourage people to take a certain action, while still allowing them the freedom to deny the recommendation. Though they are a widely employed strategy to improve the welfare of target populations, nudges do not work in every circumstance. In fact, many nudges may even end up risking the welfare of their intended audience rather […]

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May 25, 2016

Leveraging Smartphone Applications for Health

Despite the incredible potential and recent emergence of smartphone apps meant to promote user health, very few have actually encouraged sustainable behavioral change. “SmartAPPetite” addresses common challenges to apps by incorporating validated behavior change techniques and principles from behavioral economics to “nudge” users into healthy dietary habits.

An emphasis of public health researchers is decreasing nutritional inequity stemming from geographic, educational, […]

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March 22, 2016

The Interaction Between SNAP and Medicaid

Over the course of this year, 500,000 to 1 million of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients will be cut from their benefits. This drastic change is due to the decision in 23 states to bring back a three-month limit on food assistance benefits for unemployed adults who are not disabled or raising children.[1] In the areas affected, even active […]

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March 7, 2016

The Real Price of Eating Healthy

The socioeconomic discrepancies when it comes to nutrition are blatant. Lower income families on average eat less fruits vegetables, and have less healthy food purchases overall.

Source: The Guardian

Traditionally, this linkage has been attributed to the higher cost of nutrient-dense foods. According to a study by the University of Washington, energy-dense items cost on average $1.76 per 1,000 calories, compared to […]

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September 30, 2015

CVS Health’s Attempt to Harness Behavioral Science

By: Emily von Hoffman

Earlier this month, CVS Health unveiled the next phase in its brand transformation—in about 500 stores, the company will employ a floor design that places more focus on ‘healthy’ food items. A large part of the design will entail placing healthier items near the cash registers, an area that is often a junk food labyrinth to challenge […]

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June 17, 2015

The Trouble With Self-Reported Nutrition Data

By: Emily von Hoffman

A recent article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings takes on the issue of self-reported nutrition data, and the challenges it poses for public health researchers. While not a new problem, the topic continues to receive attention as the same flawed tools remain in use by a majority of researchers. The authors of the piece especially object to the use […]

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June 12, 2015

BECR’s “Triple Win” Strategy For Nudging Consumers Towards Healthier Purchases

By: Janelle Becker

A new report released by Cardello and Wolfson at the Hudson Institute revealed evidence that BECR’s “triple win” strategy is within reach. The report showed that a majority of sales and sales growth for major supermarkets is being driven by lower-calorie products. Between 2009 and 2013, lower-calorie products accounted for nearly 60% of both total sales and sales […]

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May 15, 2015

“A Loving Green Push”: Can grocery stores ‘nudge’ us to buy more fruits and veggies?

By: Janelle Becker

We all know there are marketing tactics all around us, but what if supermarkets could nudge us to make healthier choices?

Several Danish organizations, including the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and iNudgeYou, a nonprofit devoted to improving health, wealth, sustainability, and happiness using behavioral economics, have tried just that. Their research project, “A Loving Green Push”, began in […]

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