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Disparities and access to healthy food in the United States: A review of food deserts literature

Walker, Renee E. and Keane, Christopher R. and Burke, Jessica G. (2010) Disparities and access to healthy food in the United States: A review of food deserts literature. Health & Place, 16 (5). pp. 876-884. ISSN 13538292

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Abstract

Increasingly, studies are focusing on the role the local food environment plays in residents' ability to purchase affordable, healthy and nutritious foods. In a food desert, an area devoid of a supermarket, access to healthy food is limited. We conducted a systematic review of studies that focused on food access and food desert research in the United States. The 31 studies identified utilized 9 measures to assess food access. Results from these studies can be summarized primarily into four major statements. Findings from other countries offer insight into ways, in which future research, policy development and program implementation in the U.S. may continue to be explored.


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Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Food desert; Food access; United States; Socioeconomic status; Race/ethnicity
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthy Foods
Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
Research > studies
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Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 19:58
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 19:58
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3044

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