Comparing the Application of the Healthy Eating Index–2005 and the Healthy Eating Index–2010 in the Food Shelf Setting

Katherine Y. Grannon, Courtney Hoolihan, Qi Wang, Cael Warren, Robert P. King, Marilyn S. Nanney

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Abstract

A standardized measure of healthfulness of foods, like the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), is particularly important for hunger relief agencies as they serve at-risk clients. The objective of this study is to compare applications in the food shelf setting of the HEI-2005 and HEI-2010 and discuss discrepancies broadly and in the food shelf context. Invoices for foods ordered by 273 food shelves during 2013 were obtained from 2 large Minnesota food banks. Both HEI editions were calculated using the same set of foods. The average total HEI-2005 score (69.3) and the average total HEI-2010 score (62.6) were significantly different (P <.0001). Both food shelves’ total average score falls into the category “needs improvement.” Our findings have practical and research implications in food shelf settings and other environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-122
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

Keywords

  • Healthy Eating Index
  • evaluation
  • food shelf
  • hunger relief
  • nutrition environment assessment

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