Title

An Assessment of the Campus Food Environment at a Large Urban University

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Publication Title

Nevada Journal of Public Health

First page number:

1

Last page number:

9

Abstract

We assessed the campus food environment through food retail outlets (FROs) and vending machines at a large, commuter university. We assessed 16 food retail outlets, 14 dining locations, 2 convenience stores, and 35 vending machines. We used Full Restaurant Evaluation Supporting a Healthy Dining Environment (FRESH) for dining locations, Convenience Store Supporting Healthy Environment for Life-promoting Food (SHELF) for convenience stores, and Nutrition Environment Measures SurveyVending (NEMS-V) for vending machines. 28.6% of the FROs promoted unhealthy food options, while 35.7% of the outlets did display some healthy food signage. Campus convenience store assessment shows that these outlets do not support healthy eating. Vending machine data evaluated 35 vending machines (1,024 slots). According to the NEMS-Vstandards, more than half of the vending slots were coded “Red”. Both the availability and the cost of healthy food should be addressed to improve student options.

Keywords

Community health; Nutrition; Health education

Disciplines

Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

Language

English


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