As a part of the Exploring Nutrition project, La Salle and the Fresh Grocer deliver food at least twice a month to Face to Face, a shelter in the Germantown area. Below are photos of the food stock just after they received an order from the Fresh Grocer.
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Dr. Jule Anne Henstenburg is an expert on nutrition (Photo: La Salle University)
When you walk into the supermarket, you are faced with many choices. From fresh foods to foods loaded with preservatives, supermarkets, such as Fresh Grocer, have it all. Eating healthy is not an easy choice, but it is a choice that starts right at the supermarket according to Dr. Jule Anne Henstenburg.
In her visit to Professor Beatty’s online journalism class, she outlined the struggles people go through in order to eat healthy. A person making minimum wage and working full time comes home with just about $15,000 a year, which does not leave a lot left for food. With that money, they are forced to make it last, so healthy foods that go out of date quickly are seemingly out of the question, not to mention they are more expensive.
Aside from the notorious food deserts that exist, not many people are educated about making the right choices when it comes to nutrition. Henstenburg and her nutrition classes are trying to change that one step at a time. They hand out pamphlets at the Fresh Grocer that educate people about healthy choices. The program, started by Wal Mart, aims to get people to make the smart choices in the supermarkets.
Henstenburg’s theories are all well and good, but when it comes down to it, unhealthy food is less expensive than healthy food. When people do not have enough money to get by, they are not going to spring for fresh fruits and veggies. Until SNAP or Food Stamps covers more money explicitly for healthy foods, there will always he a problem.
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Dr. Edie Goldbacher stopped by the online journalism class to discuss obesity, and what can be done about the disease that impacts America in more ways than we realize. Obesity runs high in this country, and there are plenty of reasons why. Dr. Goldbacher said that a lack of healthy foods is one reason why people are overweight in America. She mentioned that a bottle of sugary hugs costs less than a bottle of water. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, eating healthy will cost you $550 more a year, which is money that some people just do not have.
Another reason cited by Dr. Goldbacher believes there is an obesity in this country is distracted eating. People will sit down on the couch and watch a movie and eat popcorn or candy and not realize just how much they are eating. According to Harvard, mindful eating is something that needs to be observed in order to limit calories. I know as a guy I have ordered pizza and wings for a football game and not realized just how many calories I am consuming, leading to overeating.
Goldbacher’s talk was valuable in ways to counteract obesity in this country. She had valid points about food deserts, where it is hard for people in urban areas to get fresh fruits and vegetables, aiding to unhealthy eating. This is currently a problem in the area around La Salle. There are very few places to get fresh fruits and veggies, but plenty of places to get high calorie and fatty foods. The availability of healthy foods would be a large step in Exploring Nutrition.