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Store and Restaurant Advertising and Health of Public Housing Residents

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Objectives: To determine relationships between food and beverage signs and health. Methods: In 12 public housing neighborhoods, food and alcohol signs were counted for stores and restaurants. Health and demographic data were from 373 adults. Results: Multilevel modeling showed higher BMI was related to more store and restaurant alcohol signs, higher blood pressure, nonsmokers, and females. Higher dietary fat consumption was related to more store and restaurant alcohol and fewer low-calorie healthy signs, lower fruit consumption, fewer minutes walked, and white and Hispanic/Latino ethnicity. Conclusions: Signs in stores and restaurants are related to BMI and dietary fat consumption among residents.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, Department of Kinesiology, Manhattan, KS;, Email: [email protected] 2: Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Public Health Sciences, Honolulu, HI 3: Assistant Professor, Castleton State College, Department of Psychology, Castleton, VT 4: Professor, American River College, Department of Geography, Sacramento, CA 5: Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Research, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Medicine and Cancer Center, Minneapolis, MN 6: Associate Professor, University of Houston, Department of Health and Human Performance, Houston, TX

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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