Healthy Bodies, Healthy Communities

We’ve all heard that good nutrition is critical for growing children, but it’s also important for adults, whether they’re young, middle age, or elderly. However, how often do we consider how nutrition affects the health of the community?
We value the rural lifestyle we enjoy in Stevens County, but how does that affect the choices we make in buying food? How much of our food comes from far away, and how much is locally grown? Income levels greatly affect the choices each family makes, and as the price of gas increases, the ability of families living on a tight budget to travel to supermarkets becomes limited.
A food desert is defined as an area that is 10 miles or more from a grocery store with a large variety of produce and other nutritious food. Looking at a map of Stevens County, it becomes clear that a large number of our residents don’t have easy access to nutritious and affordable food. While we don’t often think about it, access to good food also affects the economic health of our county.
Natalie Tauzin is an expert on how nutrition, health, and economics are intertwined, and she’ll be exploring the role nutrition plays in Chewelah and the surrounding region. She will consider how access to locally grown food can improve both our health and our economy, and how we can structure our food system so that the healthy choice becomes the easy choice.
Come hear Natalie address these issues, along with Steven Holloway and Al Kowitz, at the Local Food Forum on Sunday, April 15, from 1-3 p.m., at the UCC.

Article submitted by Dede McAuliffe