The Good Food Junction: A community-based food intervention to reduce nutritional health inequities

Last Updated: May 30, 2014

Nazeem Muhajarine, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Cordell Neudorf, PhD (Co-Investigator)

The environments in which people live, work and play have an important role in determining their health, including obesity, diabetes and nutrition. The Good Food Junction, which opened in September 2012 is a 4,900-square-foot, full-service not-for-profit grocery store containing a full range of fresh, frozen and packaged foods. It is located in a low-income food desert neighbourhood in Saskatoon's inner city. This project is led by Principal Investigators Nazeem Muhajarine and Rachel Engler-Stringer, and is related to SPHERU’s Smart Cities, Healthy Kids food security project.

Goals / Outcomes: The goal of this two-year study is to understand and model how the introduction of this large community-based food program impacts the health of individuals and families. This research presents a unique opportunity to study and understand how transformation occurs from a food desert with poor health outcomes to neighbourhoods with healthy food and healthy citizens.

Funders: Canadian Institutes for Health Research; Public Health Agency of Canada

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