There’s no getting around it. What we eat determines how long we live and the quality of our years. With 1 in 3 Americans overweight or obese, and predictions that the current generation of children will live shorter lives than their parents, there is a lot of work to do to make sure that fresh healthy food is affordable and available to all families.
Fresh food, when grown locally and cooked at home, is one of the most effective first steps to good health. Healthy food access has been recognized by national agencies and associations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the American Heart Association (AHA) as a necessary strategy to improve the public’s health. Learn more.
Providing access to fresh food is also one of the key ways to continue to drive down the cost of health care in this country, which has risen from 5 percent of national income in 1960 to 16 percent today. Four of the top 10 killers in America today are chronic diseases linked to diet: heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Going forward, our grants and initiatives will have the singular goal of helping families and communities to obtain, grow or purchase fresh food that supports their optimum health.