We see it more and more: ads to quit smoking, billboards talking about healthy eating, Michelle Obama teaming up with NBA champs in support of Let’s Move! The push to move our country to eat better and exercise more is almost everywhere. Except, apparently, in some of the biggest cities in America.
A new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has recently revealed that minorities living in urban areas have the hardest time finding healthy, organic food despite the abundance of corner stores in urban settings. Instead, study participants reported having to go further away from home in order to find healthy options.
“When we think about why lower income people are at higher risk for obesity or disease, we can see there is a difference in the availability of high quality food closer to people’s homes,” said lead author on the study Carolyn Cannuscio, Sc.D., assistant professor of family medicine and community health at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.