Research Horizons


Directed Grocery Shopping Helps Improve Health Outcomes

Collaborators include Kroger, Cincinnati Children’s, UC and UC Health

Cincinnati Children’s, UC Health, the University of Cincinnati, and Kroger are working together to help make healthcare more accessible to consumers in a first-of-its-kind research study designed to improve health outcomes through retail-based dietary interventions.

Participants of the study were comprised of 250 UC Health patients with at least one cardiovascular risk factor who shopped at Kroger. Those participants were randomized into three groups and deployed different strategies in food purchase direction. All groups had a medical nutrition therapy visit with a dietitian and follow up visits at 90 and 180 days.

The results of the study show on average, participants who engaged in greater education and direction when it comes to food purchases had a greater adherence to a healthy diet.

Read the UC Health announcement