SNEB Journal Club 2: Measures of Retail Food Store Environments and Sales - Implications for Healthy Eating Initiatives

Speaker: Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania

Two widely used tools to measure retail food store environments are available and can be refined and adapted. Standardization of measurement across studies and reports of measurement quality (eg, reliability, validity) may better inform practice and policy changes.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe key features of measures of retail food store environments, including the types of methods used to collect these data, measure characteristics, including dimensions most commonly captured across methods, and their strengths and limitations.
2. Identify two specific measures that have been frequently used to measure retail food store environments.
3. Identify the most often-measured attributes of store food environments that are captured by these measures, and explain their relevance to healthy food access initiatives.

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania. A globally influential public health scholar whose work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition and other disciplines, her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies. Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences [now the National Academy of Medicine] in 2013. She was designated a Highly Cited Author by, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period, and was named a Highly Cited Author and one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters.