September 23, 2011 |
Saying "sugar is the new street drug," a researcher who is an expert on the dearth of nutrition in low-income neighborhoods told an antihunger symposium in Philadelphia on Thursday that there are myriad health consequences for people living in so-called "food deserts. " Mari Gallagher, a Chicago public-health researcher, mapped Chicago neighborhoods to measure the distances residents had to travel to stores that stocked fresh produce and other healthful foods. One conclusion she drew was that poor people "who cannot choose an apple as easily as a burger" invariably eat the foods closest to them, resulting in higher rates of diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
January 10, 2012 |
FOR THE first time in history, American children are living shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. In the past 30 years, the childhood obesity rate has tripled, and trend lines for adults are no more encouraging. In 20 years, half of all adults in the U.S. are projected to be obese. Make no mistake - the obesity epidemic in America is leading to increasing rates of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, and this is having a major impact on our economy.
October 13, 2014 |
When Yael Lehmann joined the Food Trust in 2001, she spent much of her time explaining that, though the nonprofit works on food access, it is not, in fact, a food bank. Since then, food access has become a hot issue. And the organization, whose staff has increased from five to 107, has helped bring fresh produce to 600 corner stores in the city, nutrition educators to 100 schools, and 27 farmers' markets to underserved neighborhoods. We asked Lehmann, Food Trust executive director, about that work, the popularity of the food-truck Night Market events, and being a full-time mother and part-time rocker for the band Happy Accident, with her husband, Blake, and the Food Trust's Brian Lang.
February 18, 2010 |
Michelle Obama will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to visit two sites - one of them Fairhill School in North Philadelphia - where she will discuss her initiative to prevent childhood obesity, according to a representative. She will be joined by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to highlight the problem of so-called food deserts - large swaths of urban areas that do not have supermarkets. They will also discuss steps that Philadelphia antihunger groups have taken to bring healthy, affordable food to various neighborhoods.
February 17, 2010
FIRST LADY Michelle Obama's visit to Philadelphia on Friday will focus on a critical component of her campaign against obesity - access to healthy food. And that has more to do with income than it should: millions of low-income and minority families live in what have been tagged "food deserts," areas that lack supermarkets or other places to buy fresh, healthy food. Which is why Mrs. Obama is headed our way. She will visit supermarkets here to highlight the success of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative - which is the model for President Obama's plan to spend $400 million to leverage private money for grants to build or renovate supermarkets in underserved locations.
October 28, 2011 |
Next spring, when the warm weather brings on thoughts of gardening and summer harvest, Michelle Obama will publish her first book. American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspired Families, Schools and Communities will be served up in April. It's the first book for the first lady, who went to Harvard Law and Princeton after starting out in Chicago's public schools. Her professional life has included being a lawyer, community activist, and staffer at the University of Chicago.
December 26, 2011 |
Every Friday morning, Betty Crymes heads to the lobby of her senior residence with bags in hand and waits for the $4 weekly shuttle that will ferry her five miles to the ShopRite in Brooklawn. Like many of her carless neighbors in Camden - who ride the shuttle, take two buses to get to the city's only large supermarket, or pay someone to drive them to a suburban store - Crymes needs a full day to get basic provisions. The nine-square-mile city, home to nearly 80,000, has only one chain grocery - a Pathmark at the southeast edge of town - and few midsize independent groceries.
February 15, 2014 |
Low-income America is rife with food deserts, where supermarkets are scarce and good food so rare that people have little choice but to shop in corner stores, whose processed and highly caloric foods contribute to obesity. Build a decent supermarket with good, fresh produce, social scientists have said, and residents will flock to the oasis, their neighborhood a desert no more and their health much improved. That kind of thinking inspired the creation of a Fresh Grocer store in North Philadelphia, opened to great fanfare - including an appearance by Michelle Obama - on North Broad Street near Temple University in 2009.
May 28, 2013
By Christina Weiss Lurie and Joan C. Hendricks After years of being under the radar, America's hunger crisis is becoming a growing reality for many people. One in six Americans goes to bed every night with empty stomachs. Poverty is forcing millions into "food insecurity" - the inability to know where your next meal is coming from. Families are buying cheaper, less nutritious food or cutting meals entirely. The problem is not a lack of food; it's the inability to provide nutritious, safe, affordable food for everyone.
August 3, 2009
OVER THE LAST three decades, the U.S. has become increasingly fat, unhappy - and sick. Expensively so. At $147 billion a year, obesity-related illnesses - diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer and stroke - cost the nation's medical system almost twice as much as treating all forms of cancer, says Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services. Obesity is the single biggest reason for the recent increase in health-care costs, maintains Eric Finkelstein, a health economist.