The complexities of selling fruits and vegetables in remote Navajo Nation retail outlets: perspectives from owners and managers of small stores
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The complexities of selling fruits and vegetables in remote Navajo Nation retail outlets: perspectives from owners and managers of small stores
  • Published Date:

    February 05 2020

  • Source:
    Public Health Nutr. 23(9):1638-1646
  • Language:
    English
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  • Alternative Title:
    Public Health Nutr
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    Objective: Navajo Nation residents experience extreme rates of poverty, food insecurity and diet related diseases. While many residents travel far to shop at grocery stores, there are small stores closer to home that could provide more healthy options, like fruits and vegetables (F&V). Little is known from the perspective of store owners and managers regarding the barriers and facilitators to offering F&V and this study contributes to that gap. Design: Data were collected through structured interviews from a sampling frame of all store owners or managers in the setting (n=29). Setting: Small stores in Navajo Nation, New Mexico, USA. Navajo Nation is predominantly rural and the largest federally recognized Native American tribe in the USA. Subjects: Sixteen managers and six owners at 22 stores. Results: When asked about the types of foods that were most commonly purchased at their stores, most participants reported snacks and drinks, 82% and 68% respectively. Many participants reported they would like to offer more fresh F&V. However, barriers included varying perceived customer demand, limited F&V choices from distributors and for some managers, limited authority over product selection. Conclusions: Findings contribute to the discussion on engaging store owners and managers in providing quality, healthy food close to home in low-income, rural regions.
  • Pubmed ID:
    32019628
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC7196009
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