Webinar Discusses Healthy Food Access Through Community-Based Food Systems

Posted: February 8, 2013
Webinar Discusses Healthy Food Access Through Community-Based Food Systems

The World Health Organization and the United Nations consider access to safe and nutritious food a basic individual right. However, many Iowans in low-income neighborhoods—both rural and urban—have limited access to fresh, affordable produce and other healthful foods. People of color, women, and children are especially vulnerable.

While food deserts, swamps, and hinterlands are prominent aspects of a failure in food access, they do not tell the complete story. Food access is a food systems problem, not a food sector problem. Understanding the interrelated factors that contribute to food access is an important first step towards finding systems-wide solutions that can offer fundamental change in the availability of food and the way people acquire and consume food.

This webinar, brought to you by the Iowa Food Access and Health Work Group and the Regional Food Systems Working Group of Iowa, will address the intersection between healthy food access and community-based food systems while highlighting innovative initiatives across Iowa and the U.S.

Champions of Change: Establishing Healthy Food Access Through Community-Based Food Systems
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CDT

Planning for Food Access and Community-Based Food Systems: A National Scan and Evaluation of Local Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans
Kimberley Hodgson, MURP, MS, AICP, RD
Founder / Principal Consultant, Cultivating Healthy Places
Visiting Sustainability and Public Health Fellow, Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech

Food Urbanism to Food Policy: Planning & Designing Healthy Food Access
Jason Grimm
Food System Planner
Iowa Valley RC&D

Inspiring Underprivileged Populations to Have Fun with Local Foods
Alexi Groumoutis
Local Foods Coordinator
Southern Iowa RC&D

Community Partnerships Making a Difference
Teresa Wiemerslage
Regional Program Coordinator
ISU Extension and Outreach – Northeast Iowa
NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative

Space is limited.
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System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

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