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About diet: Not everyone has the same choice of nutritious food options. Wealthy neighborhoods have over three times as many supermarkets as poor neighborhoods. Low-income communities not only have more fast food outlets, residents are also less likely to have private transportation, making it even harder to eat healthy. A 2005 Chicago study showed that people living in "food deserts" have significantly higher rates of disease and early death.
“Eating right and losing weight have always been a struggle for me.

I signed up for a weight loss program - at first they made special meals for me, which helped get me started, and now there's weekly meetings.

So far it’s been a big help. I feel more confident because I have support.

I tend to eat more sugar when I'm stressed at work, so instead of grabbing something quick and eating at my desk, I make a point of taking a real lunch and eating with co-workers.

At home we're trying to eat healthier too. I take my daughter to the farmers market on Thursdays. It's become our special time together.”


“I want to eat better, but it's a challenge.

When I'm working there's not a lot of time so I usually grab something quick and it's right back on the job.

There's no supermarkets where we live, so we shop in the next town or buy from the corner store when we run out of something. 

We like fresh vegetables, beef, chicken when we can get them, but it's more expensive and we don't have a lot of time to cook.

Our teenagers are on their own a lot. They eat junk I don't like, but that's what they can get in our neighborhood and it's cheap.

It would be easier for all of us to eat healthy if we had more time and better options close by.”