The most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, save money, and maintain a fit and healthier lifestyle. These resolutions are hard enough to keep; out of the 40 to 50 percent of Americans who set goals on January 1st, only about 8 percent achieve them.
If your goal is to eat healthy or lose weight, that becomes even harder if you live in a food desert, where healthy and affordable food is inaccessible.
North Carolina Health News published a story about people who live in food deserts and struggle to buy the foods they need during the holidays. Read the article here: http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2015/12/29/15772/
Those challenges continue as they start the New Year with ambitious goals for self-improvement, as many of us do.
We can address food deserts by supporting policies that increase access to healthy foods in the neighborhoods that need them most. HB 250, The Healthy Small Retailer Act/Healthy Corner Stores, would bring healthy and local foods to small stores that already exist in food deserts. HB 250 will provide education and marketing assistance to small convenience store owners to help them offer a wider selection of healthy foods.
Take Action! Make 2016 the year that NC passes the statewide healthy corner store initiative, contact your lawmakers here: https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=37265#.Vo1FFjqIuMI.email