The American Heart Association today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for signing House Bill 4207 into law and expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved areas of the state. In November, lawmakers in the Michigan House overwhelmingly approved the legislation. The Michigan Senate followed suit in December.
“We applaud lawmakers in the Michigan House and Senate and the governor for putting the health and well-being of children across Michigan first, and creating an impactful law that will increase their chances of growing up healthy and strong,” said David Hodgkins, government relations director for the American Heart Association. “Soon, adults and children throughout the state can enjoy the same fresh fruits and vegetables many of us may take for granted.”
House Bill 4207, now Public Act 239, was sponsored by State Rep. Andy Schor, D-Lansing, and encourages grocery store development and reinvestment in underserved areas throughout the state.
“On behalf of the 1.8 million people across Michigan who don’t have easy access to fresh, nutritious foods, we want to thank Rep. Schor for his leadership on this issue,” Hodgkins said.
According to research published by the American Heart Association, people who don’t have access to fresh food have an increased risk of developing early heart disease.