American Heart Association applauds House subcommittee for making healthy food access a priority

The American Heart Association and the Michigan Healthy Food Access Campaign today applauded the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services for including a placeholder in its budget recommendation to expand access to healthy fruits and vegetables.

“We want to thank subcommittee chair, State Rep. Ned Canfield, and members of the committee for seeing the importance of a healthy diet and the need to expand access to fresh foods across Michigan,” said David Hodgkins, government relations director for the American Heart Association. “We urge the full House Appropriations Committee to approve this recommendation and ensure everyone in Michigan has access to fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

Right now 1.8 million people in Michigan, including 300,000 children, don’t have access to fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. When healthy foods are readily available, children and adults develop better eating habits which leads to better overall health, including a decreased risk of obesity.

“This placeholder is the first step towards including money in the 2017-2018 budget to fund the expansion of corner stores in underserved areas of the state so they can add fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Hodgkins.

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