Imagine if you didn’t have a car or the ability to drive to the grocery store. For senior citizens, families and others who must walk or take public transportation to reach a major grocery store, distance is a key barrier to good nutrition.
In urban areas such as Orlando, Tampa and Miami, those who live at least a mile away from a grocery store are also living in a food desert. In rural communities, that distance stretches to 10 miles.
Closer to Home Than You Think
See how your community is impacted by diet-related diseases.
Florida Voters Support Healthy Corner Stores
A series of new studies finds limited access to nutritious food staples has a devastating impact on Florida’s health and budget. Floridians are especially concerned with the impact low food access has on children’s health and well-being. Learn more (pdf).
Low Food Access is Costing You Money
74.3 percent of adults in Florida have inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption.
An estimated $6.7 billion dollars is spent each year treating obesity-related diseases in Florida, which includes heart disease and diabetes.
In 2012, just more than 11 percent of Florida middle school students and 14.3 percent of the state’s high school students had a BMI at or above the 95th percentile.
In 2015, just more than 26 percent of children receiving WIC were battling or at risk for diet-related diseases.
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