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Assessment of Food Environment and Physical Activity Opportunities in Three Neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires City

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Diego Hernan Giunta, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires Identifier:
First received: July 5, 2011
Last updated: March 22, 2015
Last verified: January 2012

Several environmental factors have contributed to the growing pandemic of obesity. It has been described that some characteristics of food and built environment have an influence on patterns of food consumption and physical activity of people in a certain place.

We have designed a cross-sectional study to describe some aspects of the food environment (community and consumer) and the frequency, distribution and characteristics of the space available to perform physical activity in three neighborhoods of Buenos Aires city.

Three neighborhoods of Buenos Aires (with representativity), from different socioeconomic strata, will be selected by convenience to conduct this study.

The study will consist on three stages: first, the generation of the sampling frame of food stores, public and private spaces available for carrying out physical activity, and the development of a tool designed to evaluate the availability of healthy foods in supermarkets and grocery stores. Finally, a sample of those stores will be randomly selected for assessing the availability of selected foods.

In Argentina, the knowledge of the food environment is limited. We believe that the information obtained in this study will contribute to a better understanding of the subject.

Physical Activity

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Ecologic or Community
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Assessment of Food Environment and Physical Activity Opportunities in Three Neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires City

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Further study details as provided by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires:

Enrollment: 2924
Study Start Date: February 2011
Study Completion Date: January 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
A community sample of Recoleta, Almagro and Constitucion neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina has been conveniently selected by major representation of different socioeconomic stratus. The value of the square meter of the property (2 rooms apartments) was used as indirect indicator of socioeconomic level.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Stable Places and ambulant stands (only those that are located habitually in the same place) of food sale and / or drinks of any type.
  • Public or private spaces destined for the accomplishment of physical activity.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Places and stands of food sale and / or drinks and spaces for the accomplishment of physical activity not opened the public in general (as those who are inside schools, places of work, centers of health, etc.)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01388972

Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1181ACH
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
  More Information

Responsible Party: Diego Hernan Giunta, MD, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires Identifier: NCT01388972     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1656
Study First Received: July 5, 2011
Last Updated: March 22, 2015

Keywords provided by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires:
Community nutritional environment
Physical activity processed this record on April 27, 2017