Poor diets attributed to inadequate food access undermine the health of rural and low-income communities. Increasing access to nutritious food is a key factor in reducing illness and mortality caused by heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
The Florida Department of Agriculture estimates 2 million Floridians live in food deserts without reliable access to health affirming foods. Those without access to a grocery store are often forced to rely on diets made up of fast food, chips, candy and other heavily processed foods.
The American Heart Association is seeking to increase access to good nutrition by helping corner store owners 1.) Effectively market a healthy food focused inventory and 2.) Invest in the necessary infrastructure to maintain a reliable selection of fresh produce, dairy and lean meats.