Errata: On March 10, 2014, the following seven variable names on quantities of foods per household were corrected from per capita to per household in the archived 2011 version of the Data Download and Documentation files: Lbs per household fruit&veg, 2006**; Ratio per household fruit&veg/prep food, 2006**; Lbs per household pkg sweetsnacks, 2006**; Gals per household soft drinks, 2006**; Lbs per household meat&poultry, 2006**; Lbs per household solid fats, 2006**; Lbs per household prepared foods, 2006.**
Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food choices and diet quality. Research has been documenting the complexity of these interactions, but more research is needed to identify causal relationships and effective policy interventions.
The objectives of the Atlas are:
to assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality, and
to provide a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.
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