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Healthy Eating | Leadership for Healthy Communities

The Leadership for Healthy Communities national program ended on February 15, 2015.

23.5 MILLION

people are estimated to live in food deserts—communities with limited access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food.

Childhood obesity rates increased disproportionately among African-American, Latino, American Indian and Alaska Native populations as well as rural and lower-income children over the past several decades. These vulnerable communities often experience hunger, limited access to healthy, affordable foods, and they are heavily targeted by unhealthy food and beverage marketing. They also have fewer safe places for physical activity and less access to quality health care. To truly address the childhood obesity epidemic, policymakers must pursue targeted policy solutions that will close the health gap and ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy life.