According to the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s report, titled “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” nearly 1 in 3 Oklahomans is obese. The report found that our state has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation at 33%. In fact, this year Oklahoma moved from the state with the 7th highest obesity rate to the 6th. This is not an area we want to lead.
These statistics are staggering, however, these numbers cannot change until we break down the barriers to health. Oklahoma ranks 2nd in the nation for cities with the worst food access (1). This means that for many in our city eating healthy foods is not just a difficult choice, it’s one that doesn’t exist.
One way we can combat this is by making healthy foods accessible in neighborhood corner stores and convenience stores. By increasing access to healthy foods in our neighborhoods we can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for many in our city.