March 8, 2016 6:24 PMCategory: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

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The chronic disease burden throughout the nation is staggering. In the U.S. nearly 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are classified as obese (CDC, 2015; CDC, 2015). Nearly 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and two-thirds of adults in the U.S. can be categorized as either […]

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February 9, 2016 3:23 PMCategory: Nutrition

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Mobile Vending

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Increasing access to healthy food is major issue in the U.S. and a key focus for many of the Plan4Health coalitions. Plan4Health Tarrant County, from Fort Worth, Texas, is thinking of creative ways to increase access to healthy foods in an area where many residents live within identified food deserts with high numbers of unhealthy food […]

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August 7, 2015 5:50 PMCategory: Nutrition

U.S. Not Getting Daily Intake of Fruit and Veggies

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Recently, the CDC released a report that calls attention to the average number of fruits and vegetable that are eaten by people in each state. We wanted to share this post from Mother Jones, which shows a very clear chart of which states have the highest percentage of daily intake consuming fresh produce. USDA’s “… guidelines suggest that […]

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July 20, 2015 7:25 PMCategory: Nutrition

Combating Food Deserts: Creating Healthier Communities through Planning

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It is estimated that 30-40 percent  of food grown, processed, and transported in the U.S. this year will be wasted.  Still, Feeding America estimates that 49 million Americans are considered food insecure and nearly 23.5 million live in food deserts. The USDA defines food deserts as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to […]

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July 13, 2015 2:42 AMCategory: Nutrition

Putting Federal Policies to Work: The Role of Local and State Food Policy Councils

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Recently, the John Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future released a webinar with a how-to guide for local/state food policy councils to engage with policy at the federal level and just why it matters. This resource has been made available by the Food Policy Networks Project. Food policy is an integral piece when considering ways […]

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