MESA Neighborhood Healthy Food Availability

Measure Definition:

It is easy to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in my neighborhood. 
There is a large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables available in my neighborhood.
The fresh produce in my neighborhood is of high quality.
It is easy to purchase low-fat products (such as low-fat milk or lean meats) in my neighborhood.
There is a large selection of low fat products available in my neighborhood. 
The low-fat products in my neighborhood are of high quality. 

Rated on 5-point scale (1 strongly agree, 2 agree, 3 neutral (neither agree nor disagree), 4 disagree, 5 strongly disagree).


Access to Healthy Foods

Construct Definition (and Source):

Convenient availability to affordable foods that support health eating patterns. (MeSH)

Selected References

Citation PubMed ID

Franco M, Diez-Roux AV, Nettleton JA, Lazo M, Brancati F, Caballero B, Glass T, Moore LV. Availability of healthy foods and dietary patterns: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009 Mar;89(3):897-904. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.26434. Epub 2009 Jan 14. PMID: 19144728; PMCID: PMC2667662.