Food

Healthy Meals on a Budget: Nutrition that Works for Real Families

In practice, household food management is a complex, messy business involving many factors beyond the availability of healthy foods. Some families have persistent beliefs that healthy foods are unaffordable, or hard and time-consuming to prepare. Some are overwhelmed by navigating grocery stores, markets and restaurants, or misled by aggressive marketing and complicated labeling. And in many families, long-ingrained cultural habits and practices, overlaid with day-to-day family dynamics, make it a real challenge to transform dietary habits. Read more

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Spotlight Stories: San Luis Valley, Colorado

For years, pride in the community was quiet and understated. Now, however, the relationships built through the San Luis Valley Food Coalition have created a community ethos that runs deep. In an area built by generations of agriculture, the need to plant and harvest is nothing new, but the passion behind it has grown exponentially. Read more

Harvesting Health and Hope Through Farmer-Health Care Cooperation

 Many families struggle to secure enough nutritious food for a healthy life. They may skip meals, cut back on the amount or types of foods they eat, or make the difficult decision to pay for necessities like medical care and utilities over food. Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque not only recognizes the vital link between healthy food access and patient outcomes, but they are also putting their community benefit dollars to work on solutions for food-insecure families in their community. Read more

Our Climate, Our Food

The impacts of climate change on agricultural productivity and food systems has far-reaching consequences. The food we have access to and consume is a major contributor to our health. And for many regions and communities, farming and food production is a major part of the economic picture. Read more

Obesity and Hunger Are Twin Crises

Countries are grappling with what health experts call the “double burden of malnutrition”: undernutrition and overnutrition. While one part of the population goes hungry, another is obese and overweight, becoming more prone to chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Read more

Data Update: Food Deserts

The 2015 FARA food desert data are now available in the Community Commons Maproom. Released as a set in early 2017, the Food Access Research Atlas (FARA) data provide communities across the nation with an updated look at food access and, more importantly, a view of how food deserts have changed since 2010. Read more