Nutrition Inequity in the Inner City: Using Smartphones to Study Diet and Food Access

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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

In spite of advances in the field of community and public health nutrition, nutritional health inequalities continue to grow, and non-communicable disease rates continue to climb, which is threatening the health, economic, and social well-being of Canadians. Over a six-month period, this research will examine detailed eating and food procurement practices of 30 households from diverse household composition types living in the lowest-income neighbourhoods in Saskatoon. The project includes collaboration with Kevin Stanley (Co-Principal Investigator), Hassanali Vatanparast (Co-Investigator), and is part of a bigger, multi-phase, mixed-methods study.

Goals / Outcomes: The study will use quantitative smartphone-based surveys, location, activity and proximity data collection to understand where, when, how, and with whom individuals in lower income neighbourhoods access food and make food choices. This innovative and comprehensive study will make a significant contribution to advancing knowledge in population health interventions in the area of nutrition inequities.

Funder: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Development Grant Program