Access to Healthy and Affordable Food is Critical to Good Nutrition

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March 19, 2012

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The ability to afford a nutritious diet and get the right amount of exercise—the two factors critical to maintain a healthy weight—is out of reach for many Texans living in low-income communities. In both urban and rural neighborhoods, a healthy diet may be hard to obtain due to a lack of supermarkets and other retailers of fresh, affordable food. And, many low-income neighborhoods offer inadequate opportunities for safe exercise, with community recreation areas on the decline. These factors are contributing to the alarming decline in the nutritional health of Texans and rising obesity rates—problems with significant health consequences and a hefty price tag for the state of Texas.