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The utilization of local food environments by urban seniors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18440626     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe food shopping patterns for urban seniors and measure the influence of neighborhood and individual level factors on intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
METHOD: Between September 2005 and August 2006, 314 Black, White and Latino participants from ten Brooklyn Senior Centers were interviewed about types of produce recently purchased, satisfaction with selection, cost and quality of produce, intake of produce, and location of food store used to purchase produce.
RESULTS: Individual level factors (race/ethnicity and age) were significantly associated with produce intake. Although environmental and distance factors did not reach statistical significance in multivariate models, living or shopping in a Black or racially mixed neighborhood was positively associated with the reported number of servings per day of fruits and vegetables. Also, a greater proportion of Blacks traveled more than a mile to do primary food shopping and most seniors do not shop within their residential census tract. Blacks and Latinos consumed less produce than Whites.
CONCLUSION: This study illuminates a number of important factors about the delivery of foods to urban seniors and how those seniors navigate their local environment to obtain healthy diets, measured here as intake of fruits and vegetables. The albeit small increase in servings per day associated with distance traveled to primary food stores does suggest that fruits and vegetables are not locally available and therefore presents an opportunity for policy makers and city planners to develop areas where healthy food options are convenient for consumers.
Kimberly Morland; Susan Filomena
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2008-03-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive medicine     Volume:  47     ISSN:  1096-0260     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev Med     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-15     Completed Date:  2009-02-05     Revised Date:  2014-09-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0322116     Medline TA:  Prev Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  289-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data
Cross-Sectional Studies
Environmental Health*
European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
Feeding Behavior
Health Behavior
Hispanic Americans / statistics & numerical data
Models, Statistical
New York City
Nutritional Status*
Residence Characteristics*
United States
Urban Population*
Grant Support
R01 HL086507/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; R01 HL086507-01A2/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; R03 AG022726/AG/NIA NIH HHS; R25 ES014315/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS; R25 ES014315-03/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS; R25 ES014315-04/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS

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