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Policy efforts to improve access to affordable and nutritious foods abound, but research about what works is still scarce.

Understanding how, when, and why healthy food retail can work to improve health is a key priority for CRESP, and the time is right to make an impact. Healthy food retail is a distinctly identified priority of the USDA, CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and countless others. Ongoing efforts to increase consumption of healthy food offer an important opportunity to influence policy and measurably improve the lives of children and families with CRESP’s interdisciplinary, practice-based research.

The Impact of Healthy Food Marketing Strategies in Supermarkets

September 1, 2014 – August 31, 2018
Funder: National Institutes of Health (R01)

The study evaluated the impact of varied, low-cost in-store marketing strategies in 32 supermarkets in predominantly low-income, high-minority neighborhoods; specifically, the marketing of healthier products through placement and promotion in six produ …

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Food in Our Neighborhood Study (FIONS)

Funder: National Institutes of Health (R01)

FIONS is a randomized study designed to evaluate whether a new supermarket with healthy food retail funding opening in an urban food desert – Philadelphia, PA – favorably influences dietary intake of residents.

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Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Farmers’ Market Voucher Program Research (National, NYC, Florida) and Ladder for Growth: A National Network to Build Capacity and Test Innovative Strategies for Healthy Food Incentives

April 1, 2015 – May 31, 2019
Funder: Wholesome Wave/Florida Organic Growers/NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/USDA

CRESP measured the impact of expanded nutrition program incentive vouchers at a network of farmers’ markets. More specifically, CRESP conducted a rigorous, multi-site, randomized control trial between September of 2015 and September of 2017 at 76 farme …

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Delaware Food Research Network (DEFRN)

December 11, 2019 –

The Delaware Food Research Network (DEFRN) brings together a group of individuals, including researchers, policymakers, and advocates, dedicated to many facets of improving food and nutrition for Delawareans. The Network believes that through research, …

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Characteristics of Food Insecurity in Bahamian Schools

January 1, 2017 –
Funder: US State Department, Fulbright Commission

Although the Bahamas currently has a food assistance program for children referred to as the National Lunch Programme, it does not sufficiently address the food insecurity problem of youth in the Bahamas. In the absence of a Bahamian national food cons …

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Food Insecurity in Small Island Developing States

January 1, 2017 –
Funder: U.S. State Department, Fulbright Commission

The research efforts outlined here are among the first to measure Bahamian food security, provide a baseline for further research, and aid in determining best practices related to food insecurity in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A randomized a …

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Healthy Beverages in Kids’ Meals, Policy Research

September 1, 2018 –
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In the fall of 2018, Wilmington, Delaware enacted a policy requiring that healthy beverages (i.e., milk, water, 100% juice) be the default choices at restaurants serving bundled children’s meals. CRESP collected baseline data about children’s meal beve …

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USDA Potluck Panic

September 1, 2012 – April 30, 2018
Funder: USDA

University of Delaware, New Mexico State University, and University of Maryland Eastern-Shore faculty collaborated to design an educational online food safety game named “Potluck Panic”. The goal of the game is to increase awareness and understanding o …

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