Local group starts work on a plan to improve access to healthy food
- on August 23, 2012
I'm excited to be a member of a new leadership team that started work today on a community plan to create environments that make it easier for people to eat healthy foods.
The group, convened by LiveWell Lawrence with support from the Kansas Health Foundation, will build on the results of the Douglas County Community Health Assessment. The study showed that area citizens want nutritious foods to be more convenient and affordable in everyday settings such as workplaces, schools, neighborhood markets, healthcare facilities and community-funded facilities.
My fellow workgroup members include:
- Aron Cromwell, Lawrence city commissioner
- Mike Gaughan, Douglas County commissioner
- Vanessa Sanburn, Lawrence Public Schools board president
- Jeremy Farmer, Just Food director
- Bob Nugent,Transit director, City of Lawrence
- Dan Partridge, Health Department director
- Susan Johnson, K-State Research and Extension nutrition educator
- Debbie Carter, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Food Service director
- Bruce Passman, retired educator
- Charlie Bryan, Health Department planner
- Eileen Horn, City of Lawrence/Douglas County sustainability coordinator
- Christina Holt, KU Work Group on Community Health (group facilitator)
- Chuck Sepers, KU Work Group on Community Health
Changing environments and cultural norms is tough work. A host of barriers--economic, social, and institutional--may make progress slow. We certainly don't have all of the answers.
We'll be counting on Wellcommons readers to help us figure out how we can promote everyday food environments that support good health.
Please share your ideas and concerns here, or contact me at email@example.com.