Improving the food retail environment around schools and other places children convene: Development of a healthy food zone policy recommendation for Austin/Travis County

Jeanie Joyce Donovan, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to develop a model policy recommendation for the Austin/Travis County Healthy Food Zone Ordinance. The Austin/Travis County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) included the creation and adoption of a Healthy Food Zone Ordinance around schools and other places children convene as one if its target strategies for improving population health and decreasing obesity. Two research components will inform the final policy recommendations(s) made to local officials. First, existing interventions aimed at improving the food environment around schools will be evaluated for public health impact and outcomes. Second, community-based focus groups of parents in Austin/Travis County will be conducted to evaluate perceptions of the food environment around schools and other places children convene, as well as to gain community and stakeholder input on identified policy options. All inputs will be synthesized into a final model policy recommendation for consideration by the Austin/Travis County Community Health Improvement Plan Advisory Group.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Public Health|Sociology, Public and Social Welfare

Recommended Citation

Donovan, Jeanie Joyce, "Improving the food retail environment around schools and other places children convene: Development of a healthy food zone policy recommendation for Austin/Travis County" (2014). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1566314.
http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI1566314

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