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A working group with expertise in measuring the food environment was formed by the National Cancer Institute in 2006. This group of researchers identified the need to create a consolidated list of the measures of the food environment. It noted that there has been no systematic compilation of measures of the food environment, and that a compilation of the current work would benefit researchers and community groups interested in reviewing or using existing measures.

A workshop was held in November 2007 to assess the state of the science of these environmental measures, examine knowledge gained from research using measurement instruments and methodologies, and define gaps and priorities for future work. A journal supplement from the proceedings of the workshop is in development. For more information, please see: