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Volume 5: No. 4, October 2008

ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Assessing Retail Fruit and Vegetable Availability in Urban and Rural Underserved Communities

This flowchart depicts a series of boxes that explain the process of selecting eligible food stores. These boxes read from top to bottom and are connected with downward-pointing arrows. The first 3 boxes are arranged horizontally and contain text explaining the 3 sources from which food stores in New York state were chosen: 1) Yahoo Online Yellow Pages (all food-related stores, n = 193), 2) New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (database for inspected food stores, n = 263), and 3) New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (list of farm fresh products and farmers’ markets, n = 77). All 3 of these boxes have an arrow pointing downward to 1 box, which explains the next step in the process: “Consolidated and cleaned list (n = 426).”

The box describing the list derived from the 3 sources has 3 arrows that point downward to 3 separate boxes that are arranged horizontally and that describe the next phase in the process of identifying food stores: telephoning the stores. The first box says, “Telephone verification completed (n = 350).” This box is connected with 2 downward-pointing arrows to 2 boxes underneath it. The first box says, “Nonfood stores (n = 81).” The second box says, “Food stores (n = 269).” The “Food stores” box is connected with a right-pointing arrow to a box that says, “Duplications Eliminated (n = 256).” This box is connected with a right-pointing arrow to a final box that says, “Completed Assessment (n = 263.)”

The second box says, “No answer, answering machine, fax machine, or hang up (n = 36).” The third box says, “Disconnected or bad number (n = 40).” The second and third boxes have downward-pointing arrows that connect them to a box that says “Recovered (n = 4).” Next to this box is a stand-alone box that says, “Found (n = 3).” The boxes that say “Recovered” and “Found” are each connected with downward-pointing arrows to the final box that says, “Completed Assessment (n = 263).”

Figure 1. Flow Chart Depicting How Food Stores Were Identified, Albany, Columbia County, and Greene County, New York, 2003.

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This flowchart depicts the process of how food stores were classified. The flowchart contains a series of boxes that are connected to one another with downward-pointing or right-pointing arrows and arranged so that they read from top to bottom and left to right. Stand-alone text in the top right corner of the figure reads as follows: “1) Had at least 2 kinds of fresh fruit, excluding lemons and limes, and 3 kinds of fresh vegetables, including at least 1 dark-green or orange kind; and 2) Had at least 1 kind of fresh fruit that can be consumed as a snack.” These 2 numbered sentences are references used in the figure.

The first box of the flowchart is situated in the top left corner of the figure and says, “All food stores and farmers’ markets.” This box is connected by a downward-pointing arrow to a box underneath it that says, “Meeting the fruit and vegetable store measure1.” This box is connected to 2 boxes, 1 that says “Yes” and the other that says “No.” The “Yes” box is connected with a right-pointing arrow to a box that says, “Supermarket.” The “No” box is connected with a downward-pointing arrow to a box that says, “Meeting the fruit-for-snack measure2.”

The “Supermarket” box is connected to 2 boxes, 1 that says “Yes” and the other that says “No.” The “Yes” box is connected with a right-pointing arrow to a box that says, “Super produce.” The “No” box is connected with a downward-pointing arrow to a box that says, “Open year-round.” The “Open year-round box” is connected to 2 boxes, 1 that says “Yes”; and the other that says “No.” The “Yes” box is connected with a right-pointing arrow to a box that says, “Year-round produce.” The “No” box is connected with a downward-pointing arrow to a box that says, “All other.”

Figure 2. Flow Chart Depicting How Food Stores Were Classified, Albany, Columbia County, and Greene County, New York, 2003.

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