Healthy Food Retail

Healthy Retailers

The food retail environment largely determines availability of, access to, and utilization of healthy food, with implications for both food insecurity and obesity, which are correlated. In New York, nearly two-thirds of the adult population is obese or overweight, posing significant health risks and substantial healthcare and other economic costs to the state. Local governments may regulate the retail environment to promote the availability of, access to, and utilization of healthy foods through public health policies. For more information, see our technical report and model policy below or contact the Center at


Healthy Retailing: Improving Access to Healthy Foods at the Corner Store
This report focuses on the small food retailer environment. It includes three model policies that aim to change this environment by increasing the amount of nutritious foods carried by these retailers in food deserts.