Texas A&M Prevention Research Center

Implementation of a Food Store Guidance Policy in Texas Border Colonias to Enable Low-Income Mexican-Origin Families to Make Healthier Food and Beverage Choices

Principal Investigator: Joseph Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.
Project Manager: Wesley Dean, Ph.D.

Policy Continuum Category: Policy Identification

Project Description:
As a collaborating center in NOPREN, the Texas Border Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (TxBNOPREN) is conducting a research project in communities along the Texas-Mexico border to identify and develop policies in traditional, convenience, and non-traditional food stores that affect improved access and availability of healthier foods and beverages; factors affecting policy adoption; key elements of policy implementation; outcomes of policy implementation; and policy diffusion.
The project will build on ongoing community partnerships to complete the following activities:

  1. Examine point-of-decision promotion through in-store and out-store signage, product location, and price for healthier and less-healthy foods, beverages, and carry-out foods in traditional, convenience, and non-traditional food stores in Texas border colonia areas.
  2. Examine policies and economic issues regarding access to free and safe drinking water in a variety of community settings.
  3. Examine small-store owners/managers perception regarding healthier compared with less-healthy foods and beverages.
  4. Determine factors that influence in-store marketing strategies.

Terms of Use

NOPREN Project Period: 2011-2014 NOPREN is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number 1-U48-DP-001946.  The findings and conclusions are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent that official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.