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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The development of a healthy eating indicator shopping basket tool (HEISB) for use in food access studies—identification of key food items
Author(s): Anderson, Annie S
Dewar, John
Marshall, David
Cummins, Steven
Taylor, Mathew
Dawson, John
Sparks, Leigh
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Keywords: Food access
Issue Date: Dec-2007
Citation: Anderson AS, Dewar J, Marshall D, Cummins S, Taylor M, Dawson J & Sparks L (2007) The development of a healthy eating indicator shopping basket tool (HEISB) for use in food access studies—identification of key food items, Public Health Nutrition, 10 (12), pp. 1440-1447.
Abstract: Objectives To develop an objective, nutrient-based, healthy eating indicator shopping basket (HEISB) tool for use in studies of access to healthy food. Design Tool development used a literature search to identify previous practice, web information on current definition of healthy foods by the UK Food Standards Agency, and population-based dietary surveys to identify culturally acceptable foods. These findings were then appraised with respect to practical fieldwork considerations. Setting The review took account of surveys undertaken in a range of geographical areas. Results Previous tools have varied in the foods selected and the rationale for inclusion. Most have considered nutritional composition but no systematic definition has been used and foods have been subjectively classified as ‘less healthy’ or ‘more healthy’. Recent UK work on nutrient profiling enabled individual food items to be objectively assessed for inclusion. Data from national food surveys enabled commonly consumed and culturally acceptable foods to be identified. Practical considerations included item use in meals, convenience, price, and fieldwork constraints. Other issues including health and price discriminators as well as regional preferences were considered. The final HEISB tool comprised 35 items within the following categories – 17 from fruit and vegetables, nine from potatoes, bread and cereal, five from fish/meats, three from dairy, and one from fatty and sugary foods. Conclusions The tool provides a rational basis for examining access and availability of healthy foods in cross-sectional and longitudinal retail and consumer studies.
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Rights: Published in Public Health Nutrition. Copyright: Cambridge University Press.; Public Health Nutrition, Volume 10, Issue 12, December 2007, pp. 1440 - 1447, published by Cambridge University Press. Copyright © The Authors 2007.;

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