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"Food is directed to the area": African Americans' perceptions of the neighborhood nutrition environment in Pittsburgh.

Kumar, Supriya and Quinn, Sandra C and Kriska, Andrea M and Thomas, Stephen B (2011) "Food is directed to the area": African Americans' perceptions of the neighborhood nutrition environment in Pittsburgh. Health & place, 17 (1). pp. 370-378. ISSN 1873-2054

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Abstract

Studies have shown racial disparities in neighborhood access to healthy food in the United States. We used a mixed methods approach employing geographic information systems, focus groups, and a survey to examine African Americans' perceptions of the neighborhood nutrition environment in Pittsburgh. We found that African Americans perceive that supermarkets serving their community offer produce and meats of poorer quality than branches of the same supermarket serving White neighborhoods (p<0.001). Unofficial taxis or jitneys, on which many African Americans are reliant, provide access from only certain stores; people are therefore forced to patronize these stores even though they are perceived to be of poorer quality. Community-generated ideas to tackle the situation include ongoing monitoring of supermarkets serving the Black community. We conclude that stores should make every effort to be responsive to the perceptions and needs of their clients and provide an environment that enables healthy eating.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: nutrition, racial disparities, access to healthy food
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthy Foods
Health > Nutrition
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Date Deposited: 21 May 2011 19:33
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 16:45
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2487

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