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A Systematic Literature Review of Food Desert Interventions

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  • This study investigates whether existing interventions in USDA-defined food deserts have been effective in improving access to healthy foods and improving dietary quality. A systematic literature review was conducted using articles from MEDLINE database using “food desert” and “intervention” as search terms. Exclusion and inclusion criteria resulted in selection of eight articles to be organized and compared based on intervention setting and outcomes. Access to healthy foods improved in almost all studies, except for a mobile food market. Data regarding dietary quality was collected in five of the eight studies, two of which displayed improvement. Interventions have demonstrated they are effective in reducing burdens associated with food deserts. Current literature exhibits varying degrees of successful outcomes, indicating a need for further research and synthesis to highlight effective components of food desert interventions.
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