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Making Healthy Eating Affordable

Health & Wellness  (tags: health, family, nutrition, prevention, farmers markets, food )

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"Expanding access to nutritious food will not only empower American families to serve healthy meals to their children, but it will also help expand the demand of agricultural products," said Vilsack. "These efforts will help open new markets for farm..."

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Friday March 29, 2013, 4:01 pm
Thanks Nancy

Kit B (276)
Friday March 29, 2013, 4:35 pm

Excellent, and when can we expect to see in action? Many people do believe that processed foods are just as good as fresh food and believe that they can not or do not know how to cook fresh foods. Maybe it's time to offer an updated version of home economics in high school? Allow them to grow gardens on school property, care for the food, and learn to cook real food. Studies show that when children help grow the food, they will eat the food.

Bianca D (87)
Friday March 29, 2013, 5:19 pm
Great post. Thanks Nancy!

Esther Z (94)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:15 pm
Nancy, thanks for the post, and Kit has some great ideas!

Ruth C (87)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:56 am
Thank you Nancy for posting.

Lynn C (94)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:59 am

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:43 am
noted, thanks Nancy

Ro H (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:31 am

Faye Swan (23)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:02 am
Noted - thank you!!!

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:22 am
Noted with thanks Nancy.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:55 am
Noted , thanks !

S S (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:04 pm
Thank you.

Helen P (39)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 1:16 pm
You want healthy eating to be affordable?

Drop the meat (chemicals and pain) and no sugar products.

Your grocery bill will be soooooo! lower.

lee e (114)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:05 pm
I wish Zee were right - but as you get poorer - it's nearly impossible to avoid the processed food chain --which is why so many of us are obese - so many of us are also in the "poverty" line -- actually almost 1/3 of the nation right now is in poverty -- which means they buy what they can afford - which is GMO's, processed foods, fast foods and crap! Especially those of us living in urban areas - which is also one of the reasons why we have such high incidents of gun crime and students who attend school without breakfast and physical education find themselves a product of the Oligarchy tyranny, which I compare to the rape of the poor and middle class, since at this point it isn't about making more money for the wealthy - it is the perversion of power, and exploiting those who are weaker in "monetary value"!

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:59 pm
Thank you! Noted

Natalie S (13)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:34 am
A very commendable initiative, the question is - will those who are hooked on processed foods switch even when they are given the incentives to do so, or will they stick to their choices out of sheer habit? I think the wisest move is to make the younger generation not only aware of the benefits of fresh food but also of the harm of processed foods, and they can bring about a slow shift in mentality. This approach has already been successful in bringing about a more environmentally conscious mentality, so hopefully it shall work in this sphere as well.

Genoveva M M (328)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:36 am
Go vegan and the cost of food will be more affordable; You wont have to pay for doctors and hospitals as often as if your diet is full of fat, and chemicals such as found in meat.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:54 am
lee e is correct, the poor are so very trapped with few options. Going vegan isn't going to help if one prefers adding some organic meat to the diet. It would help if schools also grew their own organic veggie gardens, free of GMO seeds.

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 6:20 am
Excellent ideas Kit--and so bed-rock sensible.
Lee is 100% correct--I work retail, and see many poor people trying to stretch their dollar further by buying items that, though they provide little nutrition, will fill the belly. It's truly pitiful.
As for fruit stands and farmer's markets, we don't have any within 20 miles of here (South Texas urban, next to nothing!), so poor people without vehicles do not have access to farmer's markets.
Still, it is a step in the right direction, and ideas usually need to be tweaked to accomodate for the individual circumstances.
I still say, "grow (at least some of) your own".
Thanks Nancy.
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