Activity

Workshop on the Public Health Effects of Food Deserts


Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Biomedical and Health Research, Children, Youth and Families, Diseases, Environmental Health, Food and Nutrition, Global Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health, Select Populations and Health Equity, Military and Veterans Health, Women's Health
Board: Food and Nutrition Board

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. The workshop will include presentations and discussions that will focus on the health effects on local populations (including both adults and children) of limited access to affordable and nutritious food. Invited workshop presentations will discuss the impacts of food deserts on such outcomes as overall dietary intake (including examination of specific foods, such as fruit and vegetable consumption and intake of high energy, low nutrient foods); prevalence of obesity and overweight; the existence of micronutrient deficiencies; food insecurity; and the incidence of chronic diseases associated with poor diets. In addition, presentations will cover promising strategies for mitigating the impacts of food deserts that have been suggested, implemented, or are in the planning stages. An individually-authored summary of the workshop will be prepared.

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