Cause and Affect
It seems to be a contradiction in terms, but is in actuality a direct result of cause and effect. I’m referring to the large number of our nation’s hungry being obese. Healthy foods are often more expensive and require more effort to buy, prepare and cook; this inaccessibility of affordable nutrient rich foods for most of the nation’s lower income families has created, strangely enough, an ever increasing number of overweight hungry people. In response to this alarming national trend the National Dairy Council, Feeding America, and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have joined forces to work to create solutions to help overcome hunger and promote healthy food choices, including nutrient-rich dairy. They believe that to make a lasting change, the process needs to start on the farm, in turn affecting the food manufacturers and marketers, and extending on to those distributing and receiving the food, with a focus on balanced diets and healthy, nutritious foods. This partnership hopes to bring awareness of this unique hunger issue to the forefront, while promoting healthy food choices and fighting hunger for the more than 49 million people in this country who are as they say, “food insecure”.