The public health effects of food deserts research presenters confirmed that food deserts do exist in the united states particularly in lower income inner city and rural areas with few supermarkets and numerous smaller stores that stock very limited healthy food items such as fruits and vegetables. The workshop provided a forum in which to discuss the public health effects of food deserts in the united states people living in low income neighborhoods frequently do not have access to affordable healthy food venues such as supermarkets. Activity description an ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a two day workshop on the public health implications of food deserts in this context food desert is defined as a rural or urban low income neighborhood or community with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. On january 26 27 2009 workshop speakers provided presentations on how to measure and understand the extent of food deserts their impact on individual behaviors and health outcomes in various populations and effective ways to increase the availability of fruits and vegetables and to improve the food environment page 1. Download a pdf of the public health effects of food deserts by the institute of medicine and national research council for free
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