Aug 15 2011

Recommended Reading: Rural Residents Struggle to Get Fruits and Veggies

We often hear about food deserts – low-income communities that lack ready access to healthy food – and think about urban areas, which are far-removed from the farms and orchards that grow the food. But according to a new report, issues of access and cost can be just as acute for rural residents, who often are not getting the fruits and vegetables they need to be healthy.

An article from discusses research that found that rural residents eat less produce than their city-dwelling counterparts, in spite of living closer to where food is grown, in nearly 40 U.S. states. The article notes that California is among the states where rural residents are falling short of the recommended fruit and vegetable intake. More than 2.8 million California residents live in rural areas, and just 22.9 percent of the adults in these areas are getting enough produce. For rural residents, stores that sell produce are often few and far between, and prices are high.

The research comes from a new report from the Essentia Institute of Rural Health, which analyzed 2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data and mapped prevalence differences by state.

Read the full story here.

For more on food deserts and potential solutions, take a look at this interview with the founder of a mobile grocery truck for Native American communities in New Mexico.

Tags: Community Health, Nutrition, Public and Community Health, Rural Health