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Method and System for Creating a Geo-Spatial Profile of Nutrition History

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234944D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-17
Document File: 3 page(s) / 36K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for creating a geo-spatial profile of nutrition history. The method and system determines nutrition intake of a population in a geographical region and accordingly allocates resources in the geographical region. Additionally, the method and system detects a fraud related to a food assistance program.

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Method and System for Creating a Geo -Spatial Profile of Nutrition History

Currently, social support programs, such as the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provide assistance in the form of an electronic debit card (called the Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT card). The FNS tracks food purchases at the Universal Product Code (UPC) level to prevent purchases of items such as tobacco and alcohol, but otherwise does not not limit purchases nor does it attempt to restrict purchases of unhealthy foods. SNAP is a federally funded program. States have Woman Infant and Children or WIC programs, which give vouchers for food purchases. These vouchers may be redeemed for fruits, dairy products, or meats. The spatial-temporal consumption profile and nutrition content profile could be used by Agencies like FNS to tailor more effective mixes between EBT and WIC program benefits.

Currently, food assistance programs allocate assistance based on financial need. The recipient's fill-in applications which demonstrate financial need by examining the size of a household and the household's income.

The method and system disclosed herein addresses the wellness of a region including the wellness of a given household. Further, the method and system facilitates the creation of tailored recommendations to households. In addition, the method and system estimates food deserts i.e. regions with limited access to fresh foods and grocery stores, which can be used by assistance agencies to support creative assistance programs such as a mobile bus food store that could bring healthy food choices to regions within the city with the most need. Using data from the method and system disclosed herein, an optimal routing could be created to achieve significant benefits. The method and system described herein supports a holistic approach to nutritional assistance that goes beyond simple financial handouts to actually directing and supporting positive behavioral changes within a population demographic.

In one implementation, the method and system creates a geo-spatial profile of nutrition history. In this, the method and system initially determines nutrition intake for a population of a geographical region. The method and system then creates a nutrition intake profile for a specified period of time by combining transactional data with a Geographic Information System...