food deserts

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A new report suggests improving access to food might cut Medicaid costs in Ohio.

A study from The Center of Community Solutions found that tying food access with healthcare programs could help fight food insecurity.  

Loren Anthes is the author of the report and says there are many options for reducing food insecurity in Ohio.

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Ohio State University is piloting a project that could provide more food and jobs to the cities that need them.

Kip Curtis, an assistant professor at the Mansfield campus, helped build the first micro-farm there last year in a parking lot.

Curtis believes expanding micro-farms throughout Mansfield can help combat certain issues.

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UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS

University Hospitals in Cleveland is hoping to help residents in the Fairfax neighborhood with a new kind of prescription:  healthy food. The system will open a food pharmacy there next year.

Residents of Fairfax, which county officials declared a food desert, disproportionally suffer from health issues like hypertension, strokes and obesity.

map of Cuyahoga County food deserts
CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

Ohio congressman Tim Ryan is joining a bipartisan effort to address the problem of food deserts.

The Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act would set up a system of tax credits and grants for businesses providing healthy food options to low-income urban and rural areas.

Ryan says food deserts have a big impact on health, and that has a big impact on the economy.

map of Cuyahoga County food deserts
CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

A new study released by Cuyahoga County officials finds that as many as 450-thousand people do not live in areas where they can easily buy healthy food.

Coined “food deserts,” people in these areas do not live close to supermarkets, making them rely on places like gas stations and convenience stores to get their food.

Cleveland Councilman Terrell Pruitt says food deserts are not only bad for health, but they hurt the community, too.

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