The #1 Reason Why Latinos in Big Cities Struggle to Eat Healthy

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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. 

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Irina Gonzalez,

An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York,,,,, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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