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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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Researcher Profile: Dr. Betsy Anderson Steeves

Dr. Betsy Anderson Steeves is an Assistant Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. At the University of Tennessee she leads the Healthful Eating & Active Living Through Healthy Environments Lab where she conducts environmental interventions in retail food settings in rural, Appalachian communities in East Tennessee.  She is one of BECR’S New Perspective Fellows. Under […]

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May 19, 2016

Researcher Profile: Dr. Collin Payne

Dr. Payne is an Associate Professor in the Marketing Department at New Mexico State University and the Co-Director/Co-Founder of the Consumer Behavior Lab. Part of the reason the Consumer Behavior Lab was established (2013) was to complement field research that was already being done in grocery stores. His work in Behavioral Economics began after a 3-year post-doctoral position in the […]

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April 4, 2016

Researcher Profile: Dr. Elizabeth Racine

Dr. Racine is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at the College of Health and Human Services at UNC-Charlotte. She is interested in understanding the incentives and barriers to healthy eating and physical activity among different populations and in evaluating the impact of food assistance programs on diet quality and food security. Her research is focused on the evaluation […]

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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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