Promising Strategies To Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food

Posted on September 2, 2011

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Currently 1 in 3 adults is obese and the percentage of obese children has tripled. Our nation is faced with a generation of children whose life expectancy will be shorter than that of their parents. Obesity trends show that income & race matter as they are related to one’s change of being obese. What is responsible for this regression, and how can we shift this downward curve?

Policy Link has created an expanded summary detailing how the lack of available healthy food, especially in low income communities has attributed to growing rates of obesity. In areas where there are not accessible grocery stores, people mainly rely on corner stores for groceries, which often do not carry fresh produce. By opening grocery stores and improving the quality of food sold at grocery stores healthy food will be more available. The goal is to increase healthy affordable options, increase job opportunities, and to reduce the rates of obesity and diabetes.

To reach these goals Policy Link needs the support of communities, policymakers, and grassroots organizations. To read the full report and learn more about the strategies click here.

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