Availability of Healthy Foods in Prepared Food Sources in Urban Public Markets

Rachel Yong, Seung Hee Lee, Holly Freishtat, Sara Bleich, Joel Gittelsohn

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Public markets serve many consumers and play a role in the food environment, yet few studies have assessed the foods commonly offered in them. This study examined prepared food sources (PFSs; n = 100) at Baltimore's public markets by direct observations and gauged intention to sell healthy items through lease agreement review. A healthy food availability (HFA) score was created for standardized comparisons and 41% of PFSs scored below 1, indicating few healthier options. The findings suggest that urban public market PFSs currently offer few but showed intention to sell healthy items. Programs aimed to increase healthy food availability should include public markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-481
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Public markets
  • carryouts
  • direct observation
  • food environment
  • low-income
  • prepared food

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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