Retail Nutrition Programs and Outcomes Scoping Review (2020)
The objective of this scoping review is to identify and characterize studies and literature examining food retail programs related to nutrition as well as food is medicine interventions across a spectrum of food insecure vs. food secure individuals. The focus will be on Personalized Nutrition Services, Point-of-Purchase Marketing and Education, Medically Tailored Nutrition Programs, Prescription / Voucher Programs, and Incentive Programs. Understanding the landscape of literature on existing programs and interventions could help to inform the need/scope and development of future program model(s) that are financially feasible, scalable, and meet the needs of both consumers and food retailers.
Among the existing food retail programs related to nutrition as well as food is medicine interventions, what is the effectiveness (improvement in health outcomes) and cost-benefit analysis of these programs?
MEDLINE (Ovid), Embase (Ovid), PsycINFO (Ovid), CINAHL (Ebsco), Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (Ovid), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Ovid) and NHS Economic Evaluation Database (Ovid)
- Target Population: ≥18 years of age, stores/supermarkets aimed at general populations and organizations that provide monetary incentives and/or sponsorship to food stores
- Study Design: RCT, NRCT, Observational Studies
- Intervention: Aimed 1) to increase awareness, knowledge and/or skills of food purchasing decisions and/or 2. to impact consumer demand, accessibility and/or affordability to choose healthier foods and drinks (through Personalized Nutrition Services, Point-of-Purchase Marketing and Education, Medically Tailored Nutrition Programs, Prescription/Voucher Programs, Incentive Programs)
- Comparison: No intervention
- Outcomes: Increased sales/purchase of healthy foods, increased inatke of healthy foods, improved health outcomes
- Language: English
- Search Dates: 1970 - present
- Setting: Grocery store, food store, food outlet, corner store, supermarket, grocer, retailer, online retailer, online store, community store, co-op, Farmer's Market
- Search Terms: download a copyof the search terms (PDF)
The review concluded that Food as Medicine interventions in the retail setting have the potential to aid consumers in supporting their health through diet and nutrition. The full results have been published: Retail Nutrition Programs and Outcomes: An Evidence Analysis Center Scoping Review, J Acad Nutr Diet 2021;121(9):1986-1880. (PDF)