Well, it has accomplished putting Michelle Obama in our faces 24/7, but other than that? Another colossal Obama failure.
With the obesity epidemic in full swing and millions of American living in neighborhoods where fruits and vegetables are hard to come by, the Obama administration thought it saw a solution: fund stores that will stock fresh, affordable produce in such areas.
But now, three years and $500 million into the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative, there’s a problem: A study suggests it’s not working.
Adding supermarkets to areas with short supplies of fresh produce does not lead to improvements in residents’ diets or health outcomes, according to a report published Monday in the February issue of Health Affairs.
Researchers studied two comparable neighborhoods in Philadelphia, a city at the center of the fight against “food deserts”—the health policy wonk terms for the produce-poor areas.
When a grocery store was opened in one Philadelphia food desert, 26.7 percent of residents made it their main grocery store and 51.4 percent indicated using it for any food shopping, the report found. But among the population that used the new supermarket, the researchers saw no significant improvement in BMI, fruit and vegetable intake, or perceptions of food accessibility, although there was a significant improvement in perception of accessibility to fruits and vegetables.
The report was authored by a team of researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Penn State University’s departments of sociology, anthropology, and demography. The study was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences with support from the Population Research Institute, although neither had a hand in the research design, collection, or analysis.
They’ll just pivot to a new half-billion effort to combat hunger next. Meanwhile, the always endearing Mrs. Obama Sunday suggested we’d be better off is we lived like dogs.
First Lady Michelle Obama on Sunday encouraged kids to be more like their puppies in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
Mrs. Obama drew some criticism for politicizing the annual “puppy bowl” when she made an appearance with White House dogs Sunny and Bo, using the platform to tell children that puppies drink a lot of water, so they should, too.
“In order to prepare for the Bowl, Bo, Sunny, and local Puppy DC students encouraged the pups to keep moving as they practiced tire and tackle drills and played fetch with them,” Let’s Move! said in a blog post.