Closer to My Grocer: Increasing Access to Healthy Food in Virginia
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.
Maureen McNamara Best
Eldon James, firstname.lastname@example.org