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LEARN: What Is A Food Desert?


A Food Desert is defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an area that lacks access to affordable, healthy foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits. When determining if an area is a food desert the USDA takes into account the distance between households and grocery stores. More than one mile to a grocery store in urban areas and more than 10 miles in rural areas are both considered qualifications for a food desert.

Some research has found that living in a food desert can negatively impact one’s health due to the convenience of fast food restaurants or quick marts. These types of stores offer more packaged and processed food and less whole and fresh food options.

No matter where you live you can still make healthy choices about the food you eat!

Do you live in a food desert?

Check out the food desert locator, found HERE! It has been published as part of First Lady, Michele Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign to end childhood obesity.

Be informed!

Learn general nutrition guidelines. Explore other articles on NMCSD’s Health and Wellness site and explore the dietary guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HERE!

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