Food Environment

Measuring local retail food environments provides important information about community access to healthy food. Food access has many dimensions that can contribute to food purchasing patterns. Researchers at the Rudd Center are involved in measuring food environments and the role that they play in community health, particularly in low-income and urban areas. More specifically, our research has focused on the relationship between food deserts, or neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food, food swamps, areas where fast food, junk food outlets, and convenience stores outnumber healthy food options, and obesity.

View Rudd Center research on food environments below.

Research Areas

Food Swamps

Small and Non-Traditional Food Store Environments