Supermarket access is key ingredient in obesity programs

July 7, 2014

Living close to a supermarket appears to be a key factor in the success of interventions to help obese children eat better and improve their weight, according to a study presented May 3 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Urban neighborhoods and rural towns without access to fresh, […]

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Low-income families don’t limit shopping to ‘food deserts’

April 11, 2014

By Cynthia Boyd Social-welfare experts have long assumed poor people, hampered by transportation difficulties, grocery-shop close to home at small corner groceries or convenience stores — “food deserts” that mostly offer high-sugar, highly processed, less-nutritious foods. Inner city neighborhoods, particularly, have worried public-health officials who want to expand the availability of nutritious foods for low-income […]

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Report: Ubiquity of healthy food directly tied to obesity rates

July 24, 2013

By Hannah McCartney A report conducted by researchers at East Carolina University in North Carolina, released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sheds some interesting light on patterns in the availability of healthy food in different geographic regions and concludes that amping up corner stores that traditionally peddle junk food could be […]

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Cheaper fruits and vegetables alone can’t save food deserts

November 27, 2012

By Eliza Barclay Tens of millions of Americans can’t follow the government’s guidelines for healthful eating because they can’t afford or access enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it’s because they live in what’s known as a “food desert,” places devoid of markets with a good variety of quality fresh foods. Increasingly, researchers want to […]

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Studies question the pairing of food deserts and obesity

April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012, The New York Times By Gina Kolata It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, bereft of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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