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Stimulating Supermarket Development in Tennessee

by on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

According to a recent study by the The Food Trust, nearly 1 million Tennessee residents, including more than 200,000 children, live in food deserts. Research indicates that people who live in communities without a supermarket suffer from disproportionately high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related health problems. This situation is pressing; Tennessee spends an estimated $3.6 billion each year treating obesity-related diseases. Providing Tennesseans with greater access to nutritious, affordable food will help alleviate these public health concerns.

That's why the American Heart Association partnered with over 50 public and private sector groups to form the Tennessee Grocery Access Task Force. The task force developed ten recommendations for state and local public policies that will improve the availability of affordable and nutritious food in underserved areas through the development of supermarkets and other healthy food stores. They released their recommendation in a report, "Stimulating Supermarket Development in Tennessee", on November 19, 2012. 

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