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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2017, Article ID 8397469, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8397469
Research Article

Charting Availability of Processed and Unprocessed Foods in School Neighbourhood Nutrition Environments in an Urban Australian Setting

School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Public Health Building, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Lisa Schubert; ua.ude.qu.hps@trebuhcs.l

Received 13 December 2016; Accepted 20 March 2017; Published 3 May 2017

Academic Editor: Pam R. Factor-Litvak

Copyright © 2017 Holly Oaken et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

School Neighbourhood Nutrition Environments (SNNEs) can facilitate or impede healthy eating. This study describes the SNNEs surrounding 6 Good Start Program (GSP) schools in 5 suburbs in Logan, Queensland. Relative density of healthy and unhealthy food outlets was calculated for SNNEs surrounding GSP (6) and non-GSP (10) schools within the 5 suburbs. Relative accessibility of minimally processed and highly processed food and drink in SNNEs of the 6 GSP schools was determined using shelf measurements of snack foods. Unhealthy outlets greatly outnumber healthy outlets (mean relative density 15.6%, median 19.1%). The majority of outlets stock predominantly highly processed food and drink. Study areas are dominated by unhealthy food outlets and highly processed food.