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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified March 2010 by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires Identifier:
First received: July 5, 2011
Last updated: July 6, 2011
Last verified: March 2010

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.

The investigators 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.

It will be selected by convenience three neighborhoods of Buenos Aires (with representativity) from different socioeconomic strata.

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

In Argentina, the knowledge of the food environment is limited. The information obtained in this study will contribute to better understanding of this theme.

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

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

Estimated Enrollment: 110
Study Start Date: February 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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 Recruiting
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1181ACH
Contact: Diego Giunta, MD    (05411)49590200 ext 4419   
Principal Investigator: Diego Giunta, MD         
Principal Investigator: Veronica Gonzalez, BA         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Diego Giunta, HIBA Identifier: NCT01388972     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1656
Study First Received: July 5, 2011
Last Updated: July 6, 2011
Health Authority: Argentina: Administración Nacional de Medicamentos Alimentos y Tecnología Médica

Keywords provided by Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires:
Describe community nutritional environment
Describe physical activity frequency
Describe available physical activity environments processed this record on November 20, 2014