Safe Routes to Healthy Food
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Participants will learn about the concept of Safe Routes to Healthy Food, integrated approaches to promoting active transportation and nutritious foods
Participants will learn about how improving food access and active transportation can both support the needs of low-income communities and communities of color as well generate renewed attention that may lead to displacement, and discuss strategies for mitigating the negative outcomes of transportation infrastructure and grocery store development.
Participants will learn actionable strategies to integrate active transportation and food access based upon case studies of communities engaged in this work and recommendations developed by the Safe Routes to Healthy Food Task Force
Across the country, many people live in communities that lack the resources and conditions needed to lead a healthy life. It may be difficult to buy healthy food because food stores that carry fresh produce and other healthy options are few and far between. If the community lacks safe and convenient conditions for walking and biking, people are less likely to be physically active. Often, these conditions exacerbate one another. Healthy eating is harder to do when traveling to food stores is not safe or convenient. Walking and biking are less appealing when there are few destinations nearby to walk or bike to.
Currently, many advocates for healthy food access and active transportation work separately from one another, despite their shared goal of creating a healthy community. By working together to ensure that active transportation opportunities are linked to places where people access food, advocates and professionals working in the fields of public health and planning can strengthen their respective efforts and amplify impact. Planners are among the few professions working at the nexus of food systems and active transportation, yet there are too few examples of plans and planners strategically integrating active transportation and food access.
While tackling healthy food and active transportation together is an emerging approach, several communities around the country offer examples of how to do so. During this session, presenters will share case studies of integrating active transportation and food access through planning. Additionally, the panelists will share recommended strategies developed by the Safe Routes to Healthy Food Task Force, a work group convened in 2016 comprised of 20 diverse stakeholders working to ensure that people have safe, affordable, and convenient opportunities to walk, bike, or use public transit to get to healthy food– including at corner stores, supermarkets, summer meal sites, food pantries, and farmers’ markets.
, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Confirmed SpeakerMarisa Jones is the Healthy Communities Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In this role, she provides technical assistance to communities and states to adopt and implement policies that make it easier, safer, and more convenient for people of all ages to travel safely throughout their communities on foot and on bike. Marisa leads the National Partnership's work on Safe Routes to Healthy Food, bringing the active transportation and healthy food access sectors together to identify strategies to overcome the transportation barriers to healthy food access. Before joining the National Partnership, Marisa worked at the Institute for Public Health Innovation, where she led the Healthy Eating Active Living Cities and Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, supporting local governments to adopt policies that improve healthy food access and opportunities for physical activity and active travel. Prior to engaging in local government policy work, Marisa worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine conducting research on racial disparities in breast cancer prediction models and interned at the White House during the Obama Administration, where she specialized in a portfolio of casework related to immigration, housing, personal finance, and education. She has a Master's degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Caroline Marshall Harries
, The Food Trust
Confirmed SpeakerCaroline Harries, MRP, AICP, is an Associate Director with The Food Trust’s Center for Healthy Food Access, Marketing and Education. Caroline supports the implementation and development of policies to encourage healthy food retail development in underserved areas throughout the country. She has a master's degree in regional planning from Cornell University.
, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
, Long Island City
Confirmed SpeakerAs Director of Healthy Living by Design with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Yianice Hernandez leads the development and implementation of initiatives to increase physical activity and reduce the burden of chronic disease in NYC. Formerly, Hernandez served as Director of Green Communities with Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. where she managed the execution of strategic priorities to advance the development and preservation of green affordable housing nationally. Prior to her time at Enterprise, she was a member of the construction project management team of Common Ground Community. Hernandez has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pace University and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame.