Nancy Hartzler's blog
Imagine: You want to maintain a healthy diet, but you don’t have convenient access to grocery stores that provide a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, or you live and work where it is far easier to eat high calorie, high fat foods than to eat more nutritious alternatives. Regardless of your good intentions, you may gain weight, increase your blood pressure, develop diabetes, and die a premature death. That’s how social, economic, and other environmental factors influence your health.
In February, in collaboration with the InCommons initiative, we convened a gathering of people including public health workers, school administrators, and community organizers across the state who want to empower communities to take control of their health. We shared knowledge with one another about the issue, and we specifically looked at three initiatives.