New Marrero grocery store targets 'food deserts' - WWL

Published: March 27, 2013

At Sterling Farms, the produce is plentiful and so are the shoppers. “I love it. It’s large, it’s clean,” said Victoria Lewis, who was picking up a few items in her grocery cart. Sterling Farms grocery store held it’s official grand opening in Marrero on Tuesday. It’s an idea born from actor Wendell Pierce and his friend, New Orleans businessman Troy Henry. “We did our analytics of underserved communities,” Henry said. “And this is one…

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New map highlights food access issues

Food Environment Research

Published: March 26, 2013

Many residents in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes live in communities that don’t have readily access to nutritious food, a new interactive map developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. The map examines which areas in Terrebonne and Lafourche are “food deserts” – places with many residents without access to a vehicle and who do not live within a mile of a grocery store. To read the full story from The Courier and Daily Comet,…

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Georgia to Add 30 Minutes of Physical Activity to Elementary Schools

Physical Activity Research

Published: March 26, 2013

Georgia plans to add 30 minutes of physical activity to the school day in all elementary schools, the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health announced last week during a University of Georgia health conference.

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Junk Food Fight Heats Up

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: March 25, 2013

The fight between food purveyors and health advocates over junk food is getting intense. From the successful campaign against trans fats to San Francisco’s ban on toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals to first lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity, it’s clear that makers of so-called junk foods face a widening public relations battle.

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Orleans Parish improves in parish-by-parish health rankings

Policy & Advocacy

Published: March 20, 2013

Over the past three years, Orleans Parish has climbed to the 48th spot from the 60th in a ranking of the healthiness of Louisiana's 64 parishes, an improvement that the city's health commissioner chalked up to easier access to medical care and efforts to help people take better care of themselves. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute put out the rankings, which dissect various health indicators for each county…

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'A Place at the Table' review: Compelling

Food Environment Research Policy & Advocacy

Published: March 01, 2013

“A Place at the Table” presents a shameful truth that should leave viewers dismayed and angry: This nation has more than enough food for all its people, yet millions of them are hungry. The film bolsters its case with plenty of facts, charts and expert testimony – evidence typical of this sort of advocacy documentary. But what makes the movie compelling is its focus on a handful of victims, who make the statistics painfully real.…

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