Children and families are more likely to eat healthier foods when they are available, affordable and promoted. Did you know that “the community nutrition environment, defined as the number, type, location, and accessibility of food stores” (Glanz, et al., 2007), also influences individuals’ food choices for better or for worse?
Living in a community with predominantly unhealthy food stores, such as fast food outlets and convenience stores, has been shown to negatively impact children’s health (Sadler et al., 2016; Smoyer-Tomic et al, 2008). See Alberta’s 2021 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth for further information.
If you are interested in giving kids the best start for a long, healthy life, we encourage you to benchmark food environments in your community, the menu on the left outlines the six steps/learning modules to develop your own Community Nutrition Report Card.