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Accessing Healthy Food in Scotland: A Sentinel Mapping Study of Food Retailing.
Project Code: S04005;
- Smith, D., M., Cummins, S., Dawson, J., Marshall, D., Taylor, M., Sparks, L., Anderson, A. (2010) Neighbourhood food environment and area deprivation: spatial accessibility to grocery stores selling fresh fruit and vegetables in urban and rural settings. International Journal of Epidemiology 39; 277-84.doi: 10.1093/ije/dyp221 http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/1/277.short
- Cummins, S., Smith, D. M., Dawson, J., Marshall, D., Taylor, M., Sparks, L., Anderson, A. (2009) Neighbourhood deprivation and the quality of fresh fruit and vegetables in urban and rural settings. Public Health Nutrition 12: 11; 2044-50.doi:10.1017/S1368980009004984 http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6324352&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1368980009004984
- Dawson, J., Marshall, D., Taylor, M., Cummins. S., Sparks, L., Anderson, A.S. (2008) Accessing healthy food: availability and price of a healthy food basket in Scotland. Journal of Marketing Management 24: 893-913.
doi: 10.1362/026725708X381957 http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a919008211~frm=titlelink
- Anderson, A.S., Dewar, J., Marshall, D., Cummins, S., Taylor, M., Dawson, J., Sparks. L. (2007) The development of a healthy eating indicator shopping basket tool (HEISB) for use in food access studies - identification of key food items. Public Health Nutrition 10: 1440-7.
Cummins, S., Smith, D.M., Aitken, Z., Dawson, J., Marshall, D., Sparks, L., Anderson, A.S. (in press) Neighbourhood deprivation and the price and availability of fruit and vegetables in Scotland. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics.
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The Food Standards Agency Scotland has today published a new study, which looks at the availability of affordable healthy food across Scotland.
Entitled Accessing healthy food: A national assessment and sentinel mapping study of food retailing in Scotland, it was commissioned by the Agency and undertaken between 2005 - 2007 by the Centre for the Study of Retailing in Scotland at The University of Edinburgh, led by Prof David Marshall and Prof John Dawson.
A map of food shops and supermarkets in Scotland was constructed using Geographic Information System techniques. Nine sample areas across Scotland were selected on the basis of urban-rural location and affluent-deprived conditions.
A Healthy Eating Indicator Shopping Basket was designed to investigate the availability and cost of healthy foods in these nine areas. The ’basket’ was made up of 35 items drawn from the five major food groups and included fresh fruit and vegetables, potatoes, baked beans, porridge oats, wholemeal breads, rice, oven chips, meat and fish and some low fat fresh dairy produce.
The results show a very complex picture, but in general the provision of food shops selling a range of healthy food was not found to be a major issue. A wide range of prices was identified for the ’shopping basket’. The size of the food shop was more important than geographical location in influencing the availability and price of the healthy foods from the ’basket’.
The study underlines the importance of finding ways to assist small general food shops to provide affordable, healthy foods and will help inform policy development in Scotland. FSAS is currently working in partnership with the Scottish Government Neighbourhood Shops project to develop strategies to help small food shops to provide a good range of healthy foods.
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