NEMS: Nutrition Environment Measurement Surveys

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the purpose of this study was to develop and validate objective tools to evaluate nutrition environments. Objectives for the ongoing work in this project are to:

  1. Develop a training module and a train-the-trainer program on how to use measures to evaluate community nutrition environments (retail and food service outlets)
  2. Conduct training events when requested
  3. Set up a consultation service to customize the measures, process data and create reports. Information about upcoming training events and other project information can be found at the NEMS website.

Voss C, Klein S, Glanz K, Clawson M. Nutrition Environment Measures-Vending (NEMS-V): Development, reliability and dissemination. Health Promotion Practice, 13 (4): 425-430, 2012.

Honeycutt S, Davis E, Clawson M, Glanz K. Training and Dissemination of the Nutrition Environment Measures Surveys (NEMS). Preventing Chronic Disease, 2010; 7 (6).

Glanz K. Measuring food environments: A historical perspective. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(4S):S93-S98, 2009.

Frank LD, Kerr J, Saelens B, Sallis J, Glanz K, Chapman J. Food outlet visits, physical activity, and body weight: Variations by gender and race-ethnicity. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 43: 124-131, 2009.

Saelens BE, Glanz K. Measures of the food and physical activity environment: Instruments. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36(4S):166-170, 2009.

Casey AA, Elliott M, Glanz K, Haire-Joshu D, Lovegreen SL, Saelens BE, Sallis JF, Brownson RC. Impact of the food environment and physical activity environment on behaviors and weight status in rural U.S. communities. Preventive Medicine, 47: 600-604, 2008.

Kegler MC, Escoffery C, Alcantara I, Ballard D, Glanz K. A qualitative examination of home and neighborhood environments for obesity prevention in rural adults. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity,5:65 (at, 2008.

Story M, Kaphingst K, Robinson-O'Brien R, Glanz K. Creating healthy food and eating environments: Policy and environmental approaches. Annual Review of Public Health, 29: 253-272, 2008.

Glanz K, Sallis JF, Saelens BE, Frank LD. Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in Stores (NEMS-S): Development and evaluation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32: 282-289, 2007.

Saelens BE, Glanz K, Sallis JF, Frank LD. Nutrition Environment Measures Study in Restaurants (NEMS-R): Development and evaluation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32: 273-281, 2007.

Frank LD, Glanz K, McCarron M, Sallis J, Saelens B, Chapman J. The spatial distribution of food outlet type and quality around schools in differing built environment and demographic contexts. The Berkeley Planning Journal, 19: 31-47, 2006.

Sallis JF, Glanz K. The role of built environments in physical activity, eating, and obesity in childhood. The Future of Children (Brookings/Princeton University), 16, 1: 89-108, 2006.

Glanz K, Sallis JF, Saelens BE, Frank LD. Healthy nutrition environments: Concepts and measures. American Journal of Health Promotion, 19(5): 330-333, 2005.

Glanz K, Hoelscher D. Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake by Changing Environments, Policy and Pricing: Restaurant-Based Research, Strategies, and Recommendations. Preventive Medicine, 29: S88-S93, 2004.

Glanz K, Yaroch A. Strategies for Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Intake in Grocery Stores and Communities: Policy, Pricing, and Environmental Change. Preventive Medicine, 39: S75-S80, 2004.

Steenhuis I, van Assema P, van Breukelen G, Glanz K. The effectiveness of nutrition education and labeling in Dutch supermarkets. American Journal of Health Promotion, 18:221-224, 2004.

Glanz K, Shigaki D, Farzanfar, Pinto B, Kaplan B, Friedman RH. Participant Reactions to a Computerized Telephone System for Nutrition and Exercise Counseling. Patient Education and Counseling, 49: 1157-163, 2003.

Booth S, Sallis J, Ritenbaugh C, Hill H, Birch L, Frank L, Glanz K, Himmelgreen D, Mudd M, Popkin B, Rickard K, St. Jeor S, Hays H. Environmental and societal factors affecting food choice and physical activity: Rationale, influences, and leverage points. Nutrition Reviews, 59, 3(II): 21-39, 2001.



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