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Categorizing the Food Environment

The food environment may be categorized into seven environments:

  • Food Store Environment: including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, snack bars, specialty food stores, farmers' markets, bodegas, and food banks.
  • Home Food Environment: including food available within the home.
  • Macro Food Environment: including the food supply.
  • Public Facility Food Environment: including cafeterias, vending machines, and snack shops in recreation centers, health care facilities, and other public venues.
  • Restaurant Food Environment: including fast food and full-service restaurants.
  • School Food Environment: including cafeterias, vending machines, and snack shops in daycare settings, schools, and/or colleges.
  • Worksite Food Environment: including cafeterias, vending machines, and snack shops.

Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014