Low-Income Californians with Access to Produce in Their Home, School, Work, and Community Environments Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
2013 | Research Brief
With fruit and vegetable intake being a clear indicator of eating healthy foods, having adequate access to quality and affordable fruits and vegetables is a key component of increasing consumption in low-income communities.
This brief examines the differences in fruit and vegetable intake among low-income children, teens, and adults from households receiving CalFresh based on their access to fruits and vegetables where they live, work, learn, and play. Effective strategies to improve access to fresh, healthy foods in these areas may improve the health of low-income Californians.
Increased access to and consumption of healthy foods is one of the key priorities of the California Department of Public Health’s Network for a Healthy California. The Network and the Public Health Institute work together to emphasize public health efforts to promote good nutrition, physically active lifestyles, and a healthy weight among low-income California families.