Closer to My Grocer: Increasing Access to Healthy Food in Virginia

APA Virginia Chapter


Monday, July 17, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. EDT

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1.7 million Virginians live in low income communities with limited access to supermarkets. Access to nutritious food is unequally distributed in Virginia and people who live in communities with limited supermarket access suffer disproportionately high rates of diet related health problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Conversely, when a community has access to a grocery store they are more likely to consume fruits and vegetables and maintain a healthy weight. With nearly 30% of Virginia’s children obese, more must be done to help all children grow up at healthy weight.

Planning professionals will be able to identify what parts of the state have limited access to healthy food, economic development and planning tools to create healthy food retail and learn about statewide advocacy initiatives to increase funding for healthy food retail.


James Wallace

Invited Speaker

Mr. Wallace graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012, with a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning. He created a Sustainable Food System Plan for the Richmond Region, which led to being hired by GrowRVA, a farmers market management company. Mr. Wallace managed multiple farmers markets in the Richmond region, including ... Read More

Maureen McNamara Best

Invited Speaker

Maureen loves food- thinking about food, growing food, eating food, cooking food and, of course, buying local food at the LEAP Community Markets. Maureen has over twelve years of experience working with food, agriculture and community. Her work and professional experience is wide-ranging and includes teaching high school agriculture in ... Read More

Allie Atkeson

Invited Speaker

Allie Atkeson serves as a Campaign Manager with the Voices for Healthy Kids program at the American Heart Association in Virginia. In this role she manages advocacy efforts towards the creation of the Virginia Grocery Investment Fund. Prior to joining AHA, Allie worked for B2L Consulting during the 2016 Virginia ... Read More

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