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Where Do Low-Income Children Get Food? Combining Ground-Truthing and Technology to Improve Accuracy in Establishing Children's Food Purchasing Behaviors

TitleWhere Do Low-Income Children Get Food? Combining Ground-Truthing and Technology to Improve Accuracy in Establishing Children's Food Purchasing Behaviors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCoakley, HL, Steeves, EA, Jones-Smith, JC, Hopkins, L, Braunstein, N, Mui, Y, Gittelsohn, J
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume9
Pagination418-430
ISBN Number19320248 (ISSN)
KeywordsAdolescent, African Americans, article, Baltimore, Child, child behavior, child nutrition, children, data base, Environment, food, food environment, food sources, GIS, human, Low-income, lowest income group, mapping, Neighborhood, Obesity, priority journal, purchasing, purchasing patterns, Software, Technology, United States
Abstract

Developing nutrition-focused environmental interventions for youth requires accurate assessment of where they purchase food. We have developed an innovative, technology-based method to improve the accuracy of food source recall among children using a tablet PC and ground-truthing methodologies. As part of the B'more Healthy Communties for Kids study, we mapped and digitally photographed every food source within a half-mile radius of 14 Baltimore City recreation centers. This food source database was then used with children from the surrounding neighborhoods to search for and identify the food sources they frequent. This novel integration of traditional data collection and technology enables researchers to gather highly accurate information on food source usage among children in Baltimore City. Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.