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Promoting access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a local market intervention at a subway station

  • Sarah Chaput (a1) (a2), Geneviève Mercille (a3), Louis Drouin (a4) and Yan Kestens (a1) (a2)

Abstract

Objective

Alternative food sources (AFS) such as local markets in disadvantaged areas are promising strategies for preventing chronic disease and reducing health inequalities. The present study assessed how sociodemographic characteristics, physical access and fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption are associated with market use in a newly opened F&V market next to a subway station in a disadvantaged neighbourhood.

Design

Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted among adults: (i) on-site, among shoppers who had just bought F&V and (ii) a telephone-based population survey among residents living within 1 km distance from the market.

Setting

One neighbourhood in Montreal (Canada) with previously limited F&V offerings.

Subjects

Respectively, 218 shoppers and 335 residents completed the on-site and telephone-based population surveys.

Results

Among shoppers, 23 % were low-income, 56 % did not consume enough F&V and 54 % did not have access to a car. Among all participants living 1 km from the market (n 472), market usage was associated (OR; 95 % CI) with adequate F&V consumption (1·86; 1·10, 3·16), living closer to the market (for distance: 0·86; 0·76, 0·97), having the market on the commute route (2·77; 1·61, 4·75) and not having access to a car (2·96; 1·67, 5·26).

Conclusions

When implemented in strategic locations such as transport hubs, AFS like F&V markets offer a promising strategy to improve F&V access among populations that may be constrained in their food acquisition practices, including low-income populations and those relying on public transportation.

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Promoting access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a local market intervention at a subway station

  • Sarah Chaput (a1) (a2), Geneviève Mercille (a3), Louis Drouin (a4) and Yan Kestens (a1) (a2)

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