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Access to Healthful Food

In recent years, the importance of convenient access to fresh food has emerged as both a public health issue and a new priority for urban planning. Food deserts are areas where a... Read More

In recent years, the importance of convenient access to fresh food has emerged as both a public health issue and a new priority for urban planning. Food deserts are areas where a substantial number or share of residents have low access to supermarkets or grocery stores with fresh, healthful foods. Access to a nearby grocery store does not guarantee improved nutrition and health. However, access is an essential component, especially in areas where convenience stores and fast food restaurants are the most prevalent alternatives.

This indicator requires participating communities to map food deserts and assess physical and economic access to fresh, healthful food. Data is collected locally.