Wednesday, November 2, 2016, is National Eating Healthy Day, when Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating by adding more vegetables and fruits to their diets. Our goal is to lower risks for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. However, not all communities have access to healthy and nutritious foods.
More than 3.4 million Texans lack adequate access to grocery stores. Texas has the lowest number of supermarkets per capita of any state in the nation, and existing grocery stores are unevenly distributed across the state. Limited access to healthy foods is an issue impacting both urban and rural communities, and most significantly, low-income communities of color. These communities are often forced to rely on packaged foods, fast food, unhealthy snacks, and other heavily processed foods that contribute to higher rates of obesity and diet related diseases among adults and children.
You are invited...
Faith leaders, community groups, public health organizations, and health advocates are invited to join us in advocating for increased access to healthy food in underserved communities across Texas. On the morning of November 2, National Eating Healthy Day Prayer Breakfasts will be hosted in Dallas, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley. You and your guests are invited to explore additional details and then register for free using the following links:
- Dallas National Eating Healthy Day Prayer Breakfast
- Houston National Eating Healthy Day Prayer Breakfast
- Rio Grande Valley National Eating Healthy Day Prayer Breakfast
We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Victoria.Nelson@heart.org.