Nutrition in the Neighborhood

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America’s nutrition lapse

America has problems around the nation giving access to fresh, healthy food (Photo: CNN.com)

America has problems around the nation giving access to fresh, healthy food (Photo: CNN.com)

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01)

America is known as the most powerful and wealthy country in the free world. Yet, the United States deals with plenty of problems feeding their population. Not only is there a lack of access to quality and nutritious food, but sometimes there is a lack of food altogether.

According to Take Part, Major cities in the United States such as Dayton and New Orleans have a lack of access to food. Right around 23 percent of people in those two cities have food hardships, which seems far too high.

In another article on TakePart.com, a study was done by Harvard that says the difference between eating healthy and eating unhealthy was just $1.50 per day. If the government would spend just $1.50 more per day for SNAP benefits, America would be healthier, and health care costs would most likely go down.

It seems like a rather simple solution to a complex problem. Everybody complains about the cost of healthcare, but are not willing to invest more into a program that would make people healthier for the long run. Sometimes you have to bet big to win big, and this seems like that case.

Photos

These photos were all taken with my iPhone 5, which has an eight megapixel camera with it. The first photo was taken at the Fresh Grocer at the Shoppes at La Salle. It is one of the only places to get fresh fruits and veggies in the area. The second photo is of Binzini’s restaurant. There was physical caution tape, which was ironic because their menu was not very healthy, and people should use caution. The third photo is of Sorrento’s Pizzeria. Pizza is not one of the healthiest options, but it is fast and easy. The last photo is of the menu at Dunkin Donuts. There are a lot of flashy chains in the area, but they do not offer very healthy options. All of the photos were optimized to be 225×300 using photoshop.