SNEB Journal Club 1: Preferred Healthy Food Nudges, Store Environments, and Dietary Practices in Low Income Communities

Speaker: Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, PhD, East Carolina University

http://www.jneb.org/article/S1499-4046(16)30714-X/fulltext

To examine how food store environments can promote healthful eating, including (1) preferences for a variety of behavioral economics strategies to promote healthful food purchases, and (2) the cross-sectional association between the primary food store where participants reported shopping, dietary behaviors, and body mass index.

Learning Objectives:
• Examine preferences for a variety of behavioral economics strategies to promote healthful food purchases among a diverse community sample.
• Determine the cross-sectional association between the primary food store where participants reported shopping, dietary behaviors (fruit, vegetable, and sugary beverage consumption), and BMI.
• Explore ideas for next steps to promote healthier food and beverage purchases.

Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. She earned a PhD in Nutrition with a minor in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon degree completion, she worked for World Harvest Mission in Bundibugyo, Uganda, designing and evaluating nutrition programs for malnourished and at-risk children. She came to the ECU Department of Public Health in July 2008. Her research is focused on examining and addressing policy and environmental factors to promote healthier eating and prevent obesity.