Healthy eating, a key ingredient for good health.
Many of the leading chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer have strong, undeniable links to what we eat. With this in mind, we strive to ensure that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to select healthy foods for themselves and their families is one key to creating a healthier state.
So what gets in the way of healthy eating? The greatest issues include low accessibility, availability and affordability of healthy food. Such challenges mean that Minnesotans who live in low-income communities and remote areas are far more likely than other people to experience barriers to healthy eating. These inequalities are manifested in poor diet and nutrition, and often result in disproportionate rates of chronic diseases.
Our environment also shapes people’s eating habits, too. Lack of full-service grocery stores or a high prevalence of convenience foods create an environment in which less health choices are made. After also factoring both national and local policies, which contribute to the price and availability of foods—the result is a huge impact on what we eat.
At the Center for Prevention, we understand it will take multiple approaches to ensure that healthy food choices are available to all Minnesotans. Our goal, then, is to support initiatives throughout the state and have dedicated funding to move the dial on this significant issue.