I am reading the transcript for an episode of Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick? for my community health assessments course and a few thoughts come to mind.
Dick Jackson of UC Berkeley cites an example of teenage girls who had their gall bladders removed (possibly due to extremely high fast food activity). Anyways, he says “and there were no farmers markets, there were no green grocers; there was no Safeway or supermarkets that was reachable by these kids. And fast food is a bargain. You can get 1500 calories for a couple of bucks.”
For some reason, I am not sure teenagers would choose a farmers market over a quick fast food restaurant (this analysis is based on myself when I was that age). How can we, as public health professionals, encourage and promote healthy eating? Should we first work with the parents and then children or vice versa? Should local and state public health departments put more resources into healthy eating campaigns?
My first thought is to suggest promotion and education at the school level, campaigns and better access to healthy foods, and a community-wide health fair with free giveaways that entice youth to attend and hopefully teach, by doing, that eating healthy can still be delicious, easy, and inexpensive.
Any other thoughts?