5179.0 Farmers' Markets and Their Impact on Community Food Access and Diet

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Farmersí markets are one approach to improve the food environment in the US by increasing community access to healthy foods. In this session panelists explore various aspects of access to farmersí markets. Panelists discuss disparities among farmersí market participants, approaches to attract diverse communities, programs connecting low-income patients to farmersí markets, a comparison of produce available in farmersí markets and local stores to assess contribution of each to improving the urban food environment, and system changes in farmersí markets in low-income neighborhoods to increase the use of nutrition assistance benefits at markets.
Session Objectives: 1. Discuss factors that impact participation of communities in farmers' markets; 2. Describe approaches/programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables through farmers' markets among diverse populations; and 3. Discuss how farmers' markets contribute to the urban food environment to improve diet.
Barbara Polhamus, PhD, MPH

Disparities in minority representation among farmers market participants
James Farmer, PhD, Ya-Ling Chen, MS and Charles Chancellor, PhD
Do urban farmers' markets benefit community nutrition? Maybe not
Sean C. Lucan, MD, MPH, MS, Omar Sanon, Rafael Frias, BA, Andrew Maroko, PhD and Clyde Schechter, MD

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Organized by: Food and Nutrition
Endorsed by: Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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