Web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages for Obesity

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
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Effectiveness
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Safety
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Obesity
Web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages - Behavioral
Eligibility
18+
All Sexes
Eligible conditions
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Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a web-based application can improve access to healthier foods and beverages in small food stores in low-income urban communities.

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Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages will improve 2 primary outcomes and 10 secondary outcomes in patients with Obesity. Measurement will happen over the course of Measures collected during the trial will occur at pre-intervention, during the intervention and immediately after the intervention.

Measures collected during the trial will occur at pre-intervention, during the intervention and immediately after the intervention
Feasibility Metrics: User Satisfaction Acceptability, operability, perceived sustainability and user satisfaction with the BUD app Acceptability, operability, perceived sustainability and user satisfaction with the BUD app
Process Metrics: Dose Delivered
Process Metrics: Fidelity
Process Metrics: Reach
The Pre measure will be made in the two months prior to starting the intervention or at the time of introduction; the Post measure will be made in the two month after the end of the intervention.
Changes in prices of healthy foods
The Pre measure will be made in the two months prior to starting the intervention; the Post measure will be made in the two month after the end of the intervention
Change in purchasing of healthy foods by consumers
Change in stocking of healthy and unhealthy foods
The Pre measure will be made in the two months prior to starting the intervention; the Post measure will be made in the two month after the end of the intervention. Measures collected during the trial will occur at the end of each stage of intervention.
Change in sales of healthy and unhealthy foods
The Pre-measure will be made in the two months prior to starting the intervention; the Post-measure will be made in the two month after the end of the intervention
Change in consumption of Healthy Eating Index by consumers
This measure will be made in the two months after the end of the intervention only via interview.
Estimated changes (reduction) in operating costs
Estimated total financial expenses
This measure will be made in the two months after the end of the intervention via interview only.
Estimated changes (savings) in acquisition prices

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Control
1 of 2
Intervention
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 290 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Web-based Application Connecting Small Food Store Owners And Suppliers Of Healthier Foods And Beverages is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

Intervention
Behavioral
We will pilot the BUD app in 19 intervention corner stores over an 8-month period in East Baltimore. During this time, we will collect data from corner store owners, producers, whole salers, and consumers.
ControlWe will collect data from 19 control corner stores over the same 8-month period. They will not receive any form of intervention or delay intervention.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: the pre measure will be made in the two months prior to starting the intervention or at the time of introduction; the post measure will be made in the two month after the end of the intervention.
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly the pre measure will be made in the two months prior to starting the intervention or at the time of introduction; the post measure will be made in the two month after the end of the intervention. for reporting.

Closest Location

Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore, MD

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There are 10 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Store owner/manager willing and able to order food through a smart phone or other internet-enabled device
Store owner/manager willing to attend in-store trainings in the use of the BUD App
Store located in a low-income neighborhood considered as a Healthy Food Priority Area by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future111 in East Baltimore
Store located >0.25 miles from a supermarket
Store classified as a small food store (< 4 aisles, < 2 cash registers)
Store owner/manager is English, Korean, Spanish or Mandarin-speaking for first language
Provide service to Baltimore City (e.g., for producers, this could mean participating in Baltimore City-based farmers markets)
Willing to use the BUD app, including posting and maintaining data on a minimum number of products
Willing to participate with delivery services arranged
Regular customers of the store (purchase food items at least once a week in the store) identified by the small food store owner/manager enrolled in the study

Patient Q&A Section

What are the common side effects of web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages?

"Results from a recent clinical trial demonstrated that online interaction in our study can be effective as a way of increasing the sale of healthier foods in small food stores. But in fact, we found that in small shops, the potential exists for some side effects." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What are the signs of obesity?

"Body mass index is a parameter frequently used to quantify obesity and it has the greatest impact when used in combination with other measures of anthropometric parameters. It is most useful when used in conjunction with other tests to determine the presence of obesity; a combination of BMI and body fat percentage should be used for accurate identification of obesity and of its comorbidities, as well as assessing the efficacy of weight loss programs." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What causes obesity?

"Causes of obesity are complex and may include genetic and environmental factors; lifestyle habits; and psychological factors. Genetic factors are thought to play a larger role in individuals more prone to obesity. Obesity and obesity-related sleep disturbances are two major factors which may contribute to a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for obesity?

"Obesity is common, often is associated with and is treated in part by a set of lifestyle counseling components as well as by medication. A variety of medications are used to treat obesity. Although weight loss can be achieved through diet, in about 40% of cases obesity persists despite adherence with diet and exercise guidelines." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

How many people get obesity a year in the United States?

"The numbers in this table indicate a great interest in the topic of obesity compared to other diagnoses of major diseases among US adults. An increasing number of US adults are obese. It is imperative for obese individuals to be identified as early as possible in their life to lessen many of the risks of obesity. Prevention programs such as nutrition education, exercise, and counseling would be beneficial in both weight loss and prevention of obesity for millions of American citizens." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

Can obesity be cured?

"The body mass index can be cured by altering a patient's diet and increasing physical exercise that is associated with weight loss. These treatment approaches are most effective for obese individuals who are otherwise healthy." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What is obesity?

"Obesity could be defined as an excess of fat above a certain quantity and it could be defined as an increased rate where more calories are eaten relative to energy expended. Or alternatively, it could be defined as a condition where one's energy usage exceeds the energy expended. In either case, the key word used to define the term is body weight. The weight itself, the BMI (body mass index), can be used as a valid indicator of obesity, but BMI alone is not sufficient nor has been proven as an indicator of obesity. All these terms are used somewhat interchangeably. The number of overweight persons, in a population, is an indication of obesity." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What does web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages usually treat?

"The application improved food accessibility for a higher number of small-scale food stores, and may be particularly relevant to the development of healthier food environments in low-income communities." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

How serious can obesity be?

"Obesity was not found to have health consequences for the majority of participants. The participants reported concerns of the effects of high body mass indices, and those who had some health concerns would seek additional treatment for their obesity. However, as obesity is increasingly being considered a medical issue and not a social problem, health professionals may come to view obesity as a disease to be cured. Obesity is indeed both a social and a medical problem, but many health professionals and the general public consider it as, in general, only a social (dieting and exercise) problem. Further, many health professionals are not trained in obesity treatment, and often rely on personal experiences or personal opinions." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What are the latest developments in web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages for therapeutic use?

"Although no application to our society has a universal access, we can propose that a social community should be created and maintained by using the web - in the present reality such a goal will be quite difficult due to economic and legal and political constraints. The application has to rely on a web-based community, in particular, its members are the smallfoodsowners-suppliers, and the smallfoodsowners-suppliers will be the only interested parties in using the web portal for a therapeutic community to improve the nutrition knowledge of the community members. The application connects the smallfood owners and their suppliers with the bigfoodstore." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What is the latest research for obesity?

""The last fat is not yet dead: obesity is on the increase but the latest research does not present a clear, overall view of the state of the science. This is an issue that needs to be tackled by the obesity research community." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer

What is web-based application connecting small food store owners and suppliers of healthier foods and beverages?

"It appears that small food stores have not been equipped to meet the demands of a retail marketplace for fresh foods and beverages. Further efforts are likely to be required to improve the efficiency and reliability of their delivery of healthy foods." - Anonymous Online Contributor

Unverified Answer
Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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