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Introducing the Facility List Coder: A New Dataset/Method to Evaluate Community Food Environments

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Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Gastronomy, XaRTA–INSA, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona, Av. Prat de la Riba, Campus de l’Alimentació de Torribera, 171, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, E-08921 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Economics, Universidad EAFIT, Medellín 050022, Colombia
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Received: 21 February 2020 / Revised: 6 March 2020 / Accepted: 6 March 2020 / Published: 10 March 2020
Community food environments have been shown to be important determinants to explain dietary patterns. This data descriptor describes a typical dataset obtained after applying the Facility List Coder (FLC), a new tool to asses community food environments that was validated and presented. The FLC was developed in Python 3.7 combining GIS analysis with standard data techniques. It offers a low-cost, scalable, efficient, and user-friendly way to indirectly identify community nutritional environments in any context. The FLC uses the most open access information to identify the facilities (e.g., convenience food store, bar, bakery, etc.) present around a location of interest (e.g., school, hospital, or university). As a result, researchers will have a comprehensive list of facilities around any location of interest allowing the assessment of key research questions on the influence of the community food environment on different health outcomes (e.g., obesity, physical inactivity, or diet quality). The FLC can be used either as a main source of information or to complement traditional methods such as store census and official commercial lists, among others. View Full-Text
Keywords: community food environments; nutrition environment; geographical information technologies (GIS); facility list coder; Python community food environments; nutrition environment; geographical information technologies (GIS); facility list coder; Python
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Arcila-Agudelo, A.M.; Muñoz-Mora, J.C.; Farran-Codina, A. Introducing the Facility List Coder: A New Dataset/Method to Evaluate Community Food Environments. Data 2020, 5, 23.

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