UofL Interdisciplinary Studies Sustainability Student Launches OAHBI© Survey for LouisvilleDATE: March 3, 2021
Healthful food starts with research and understanding. That’s why we have a new food survey for Louisville.
The Louisville Community Grocery is lucky to work with multiple student researches through the University of Louisville. One of our students, Bunny Hayes, wants to learn about how food is perceived in our community, beyond just physical
nutrition. She is doing her master’s thesis in conjunction with our research to create the most innovative, enriching, locally sourced, healthful deli item menu of all time. This is no small feat, and thus we need a food survey for Louisville to get the data we need.
She has come up with an acronym to describe this research: OAHBI©
In her words:
This study aims to develop a menu of healthy and tasty foods whose healthy aspects represent a variety of health-based pathways. The concepts of physical health, emotional health, intellectual health, social health, spiritual health, occupational health, and environmental health will all be considered in rating the deli items on the OAHBI© scale (Organized Accumulation of Health-Based Information). Answering these survey questions pertaining to food choice and taste will help determine the most optimal food (ingredient) choices for these deli items to consist of.
Her research is just one step in helping us learn the gaps our community must fill to create healthier, more just, more delicious food systems in Louisville. Her study focuses on 40203, 40210, and 40211 zip codes, our focus areas for where we will build our cooperatively owned grocery store.
If you live in one of these zip codes, we invite you to take this Food Survey for Louisville now.
Take the OAHBI© Survey!
Learn more about Bunny’s Food Survey for Louisville by reading the introductory letter below:
My name is Bunny Hayes. I am a master’s student at the University of Louisville. I am part of the
Interdisciplinary Studies program with a focus on Sustainability. I have chosen to complete a
thesis project concerning science-based evidence in word choice relating to food items used to
display health/wellness pathways. I am interning through the Louisville Community Grocery to
develop healthy tasty menu items for their deli. This research is IRB (Institutional Review Board)
The research is being observed by Dr. Henry Cunningham, Director of Community
Engagement, UofL email@example.com (502) 852-6026, Professor Tamara Sluss,
UofL Department of Urban & Public Affairs firstname.lastname@example.org (502) 529-1602, in
collaboration with Lisa Ann Markuson, Louisville Community Grocery
email@example.com (916) 798-9578.
I have selected food distribution areas, food pantries/banks, neighborhood associations,
churches, and non-profit organizations who were generated through a general google search for
the zip codes 40203, 40210, and 40211 for the purpose of reaching out into the community to
offer a survey about word associations with foods.
You are being invited to participate in a research study by using your organizational
membership and reach to offer this survey to the community members. If you have email lists
available, the survey can be delivered online via survey monkey. If access is not available via
online, we can supply paper copies of the survey and have set time to retrieve filled out surveys.
Once community members have answered the questions in our survey relating to a Tasty and
Healthy Deli Menu for the Louisville Community Grocery, choices can be made for the
development of menu items whose healthy aspects represent a variety of health-based
pathways. The community's involvement in answering these survey questions pertaining to food
choice and taste will help determine the most optimal food (ingredient) choices for these deli
items to consist of. The benefit to the community for their participation will lay in the broader
access to healthy tasty food choices in the area.
If your organization is willing to participate, please let us know if you would prefer the online
version of the survey, the paper version, or both. We will proceed from there in a timely manner
for distribution of the survey. If your organization would rather decline the invitation to
participate, we thank you for your time and consideration.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any members of
the study for correspondence.