A Characterization of the food environment in Saskatoon for families with children

Last Updated: August 28, 2014

Rachel Engler-Stringer, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD (Co-Principal Investigator)

The neighbourhoods in which we live and how easily we can access nutritious food (sometimes called the food environment), particularly for our children, can make a difference in children's health. This study will help us understand the food environment for families with children aged 10-13 years in Saskatoon and its impact on obesity and overweight in children. The first part of the study surveyed where grocery and convenience stores and fast-food restaurants in Saskatoon are located and how nutritious the foods are that they carry. A dietary assessment survey of children in 20 neighbourhoods was then undertaken to help understand the relationships between diet quality, body weight and the food environment in Saskatoon neighbourhoods.

Goals / Outcomes: By linking the nutritional health of children in Saskatoon to the accessibility of healthy food in their neighbourhoods, we hope to support the development of improvements to health policy and practice in the city, and also provide information that can benefit children and families elsewhere. This project is part of the Smart Cities Healthy Kids research program. Please see the SCHK website for more project information including findings from the research. CIHR has provided a grant to support dissemination activities for this project, such as a conference, public lecture, strategic planning day and a workshop, as well as fact sheets and reports.

Funder: Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

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