Arkansas Center for Health Improvement

The Effect of Food Deserts on the BMI of Elementary Schoolchildren Published

Article Date: 7/20/2015

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville are leading a project in partnership with ACHI with funding from the Agricultural Food and Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program sponsored by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

The project —Interventions for Obesity Prevention TargetingYoung Children in At-RiskEnvironments: An Integrated Approach—makes use of ACHI's massive child BMI database with goals that include:

  • Characterizing home and school food environments for children across the state
  • Examining the relationship between these environments and children’s weight
  • Promoting increased access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

Read the article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.


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