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Price, availability, and youth obesity: evidence from Bridging the Gap.

Chaloupka, Frank J and Powell, Lisa M (2009) Price, availability, and youth obesity: evidence from Bridging the Gap. Preventing chronic disease, 6 (3). A93. ISSN 1545-1151

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    After a decade of analyzing environmental influences on substance use and its consequences among youth in the United States, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Bridging the Gap program has begun studying the effect of environmental factors on youth physical activity, diet, and weight outcomes. Much of this research has focused on access to food, as reflected by availability and price. Program researchers have documented disparities in access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity; healthier food outlets and opportunities for physical activity are relatively less available in communities with lower income and larger proportions of racial/ethnic minority populations. They also have found that healthier environments are associated with more fruit and vegetable consumption, more physical activity, lower body mass index, and reduced likelihood of obesity among youth.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bridging the Gap program, physical activity, diet, weight outcomes, access to food, disparities in access, obesity, youth
    Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthy Foods
    Health > Disparities
    Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
    Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Obesity
    Government Publications > US Department of Health and Human Services > Centers for Disease Control
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    Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2011 09:59
    Last Modified: 25 Aug 2011 09:59
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3139

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