A theme that’s come up over and over, as we discuss the issues of community health and wellness, is access. We’ve talked about lots of different kinds of access–through education, financial resources, insurance, transportation–but one of those that has seemed most surprising to you all is the idea of food deserts, places where access to healthful foods is restricted by one thing and another. This weekend, I happened to see a bit on CNN regarding Gina Keatley’s Nourishing NYC program (intended to provide increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables) and thought you all might find this, and some related, resources interesting.
This also provides us with a way of thinking through how one might move from a personal interest (in my case, access) to a researchable topic (food deserts) to a “first draft” research question (What is a food desert, and what can be done to address the problem?)
- Food Desert Locator (From the USDA’s Economic Research Service. Lots of good info on this site!)
- “Stranded in ‘food deserts,’ hundreds of thousands of N.J. residents lack access to healthy, fresh food” (news article from nj.com, August 8, 2011)
- AmpleHarvest.org (and HERE is a write-up on Ample Harvest from the White House!)
- CNN Hero, Holly Hirshberg, The Dinner Garden
- CNN Hero, Gina Keatley, Nourishing NYC
Does it encourage you to see that “everyday folks” JUST LIKE YOU *are* doing something about the problems we’ve been discussing?
It’s time to start thinking about what your research trajectory will be….. Reply to this posting, and tell us: What questions, issues, or problems about community health/wellness have captured your attention? What would you like to know more about? What do you wish you could DO something about? Do some exploratory research on at least ONE of these interests, and report back to us on your findings. (Be sure to link to the sources you are talking about.)
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