We know what the problem is: food deserts and tough conversations

So I found this article, and the title gave me pause:  “Food Deserts aren’t the problem”.  http://www.slate.com/articles/life/food/2014/02/food_deserts_and_fresh_food_access_aren_t_the_problem_poverty_not_obesity.single.htmlFood deserts are not a problem?  “Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into poor neighborhoods doesn’t make poor people healthier”?  Studies, you say?  Ok, let’s hang on a minute....more

The Economics of a Healthy Lifestyle

Lately, I have been thinking about the costs, the financial costs, associated with a healthy lifestyle.  When I began writing the My Faith and Fitness Blog, I gave advice about building a fitness wardrobe on a budget.  I'm always ready for a good deal!  Since I began the ...more
I often struggle with exactly your points, particularly when I'm labelled a "food snob" for my ...more

Food Deserts: How Millions go Without Fruits & Vegetables

Would you be surprised to hear that many people who actually live where fruits and vegetables are grown in this country, don't have access to fresh produce? It doesn't sound like that could be true, but a recent study on rural health is opening our eyes to just how widespread this problem is.From Howie Blog -- Essentia Health research finds rural residents aren’t eating their fruits and veggies......more
Wow! Food deserts sound scary. I live in South Africa and many of our poorer citizens are unable ...more

The Hunger Challenge is underway

This morning, nearly 34 million people in the United States faced more than the usual Monday challenge: Their week includes figuring out how to feed themselves on a food stamp budget. Thanks to economic stimulus money, that budget is higher this year than last: $28 per week, per person, rather than $21. That extra $7 makes a tremendous difference, although doing a week’s worth of shopping is tough to do even at the higher level. Last year, Gayle Keck of the San Francisco Food Bank dreamed up The Hunger Challenge. This event gave bloggers the opportunity to try living on a food stamp budget--just $21 for the week in 2008. Six of us participated, and shared our struggles on our blogs. It was a stressful, difficult week, and left me more committed than ever to do whatever I can to help feed the hungry and to increase access to fresh, affordable food for those who live in underserved areas. ...more

From now until November 4th, HLIC New York (www.hlicnyc.org) is hosting a “Dine In” event ...more