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Community Action Guide: Changing Food Deserts into Food Oases


Target Setting

States and communities

Who is it for

Policymakers, public health practitioners, policy advocates


Downloadable Report with links

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors published a guide that will help communities in Washington improve access to healthy food. In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control defined food deserts as "areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet."

The Community Action Guide provides links to eight resources that provide background and history on what constitutes a food desert and how they impact the nutrition and health of residents.

The Guide outlines three steps for transforming food deserts into food oases and provides links to thorough and up-to-date material to help communities transform food deserts into oases of improved access to healthy foods.

Step I: Data Gathering, Measurement & Assessment

Step II: Define Audience / Identify Partners

Step III: Action -- Policy Development