Special Issue "Retail Strategies to Support Healthy Eating"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 September 2020).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: chronic disease prevention; food and nutrition policy; food security
In January 2020, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), The Food Trust, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Healthy Eating Research (HER) met for a Healthy Retail Research Convention in Washington D.C. Attendees included food industry representatives, researchers, and nonprofit organizations. The objective of the convention was to develop a national healthy retail research agenda by: 1) determining the effectiveness of government policies, corporate practices, and in-store pilots in promoting healthy eating; 2) identifying gaps in the healthy food retail literature and generating questions for future research, with an intentional focus on reducing health disparities and improving equity; 3) highlighting best practices for partnering with retailers and food manufacturers on healthy retail research; 4) facilitating relationships between retailers and researchers to implement and evaluate retail interventions; and 5) identifying existing datasets, ongoing work, and new opportunities for retail–research partnerships.
This Special Issue will include a summary of the research convention final report, which will describe the scope of the healthy retail research agenda, the agenda-setting process, and recommendations from expert stakeholders on healthy retail research approaches, data sources, and key areas of future research. The issue will also include several review papers and one original research article, commissioned specifically for the convention, detailing the current state of the retail food environment. These papers will summarize current knowledge on consumer food purchasing trends, the influence of food and beverage companies on the retail food environment, stocking and marketing of sugar-sweetened beverages, in-store food and beverage marketing interventions, and governmental policies to improve the healthfulness of food purchases. Additionally, the issue will include two conceptual frameworks describing the influence of the U.S. retail food environment on food choice—one paper will focus on brick-and-mortar stores, and one will focus on online grocery. Lastly, we will include two commentaries. One will discuss the effects of COVID-19 on the food system and suggest priority areas for future investigation. The other will come from the food retail sector and describe outcomes of interest to industry, challenges to engaging in public health partnerships to support healthy eating, and facilitators of effective retail–research partnerships.
Dr. Alyssa Moran
Dr. Christina Roberto
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- Healthy food retail
- Retail food environment
- Consumer food purchasing