230911 Challenging injustices and improving consumers' health by putting the SOUL back into our food system: Sustainable Organic Urban and Local

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

LaDonna Redmond , Department of Geography, Institute for Community Resource Development and Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
Perhaps the largest population affected by food system disparities is low-income and minority food consumers. Many studies have shown how these communities are especially likely to face reduced access to fresh foods, gluts of unhealthy foods, and challenges in affording healthy diets. As First Lady Michelle Obama has recognized nationally with her Let's Move campaign, unhealthy food environments contribute to obesity and diet-related disease. The presentation will focus on food system injustices faced by low-income and minority communities, innovative solutions, and the role for public health.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Assess efforts arising from within your own community to make food system change. Describe a national picture of some of the more exciting efforts to make community food systems more just and healthy.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the President and CEO of The Institute for Community Resource Development (ICRD), a non-profit, community based organization that assists residents of urban communities obtain access to safe, healthy food through the development of alternative food systems. I sit on numerous local and national boards, including the National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture and the Chicago Governorís Advisory Council on Agriculture, the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicagoís Children, and the Chicago Public School Task Force to Improve Healthy Eating.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.