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Friday, March 21 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR-PS26 [POSTER] Food Deserts in Urban and Rural Areas: A Comparison

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The study of healthy food alternatives and their availability in urban areas has been of growing concern (Walker, Block, & Klawachi, 2012). Specifically, it appears that some residents live in what has been called a “food desert” in that the only meat options are friend chicken and hamburgers from fast food restaurants and the only fruit or vegetable options are canned vegetables from corner convenience stores (e.g., Circle K, 7-Eleven). We evaluated the healthy food availability of several foods in various supermarkets in an urban area and in a more rural area. The zip codes of the supermarkets were used to assess general levels of socioeconomic status. We found that the Socio-economic differences do seem to be related to the ready access to less healthy food options. Implications and recommendations are discussed.


Seve Hartlaub

Frostburg State University


Laura Bierstedt

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Mark Hartlaub

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Friday March 21, 2014 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Navarro Ballroom (Westin 2nd Floor)