What steps do you recommend at the local level to help more people eat healthier food?
Inspire others to eat healthier by example. It’s “contagious,” and helps others start paying more attention to their food choices. Speak with your supermarket manager to encourage him/her to carry more wholesome food items. You can also elevate the conversation by writing letters to your newspaper editor.
Judy E. Buss, nutritional cooking instructor, Lakeland, FL
What we eat as children we will eat all our lives, so school food is crucial. Food purveyors have joined the tobacco and fossil fuel industries in merchandising doubt. To help more people eat healthier food locally, parents must know to ignore this manufactured doubt and get entire school districts to stock all their cafeterias with healthy food, tastily prepared and easy to eat.
Margaret Gwathmey, Harwood, MD
We must use science and education to show people they don't have to be victims of the fast food and processed food industries. I get so frustrated while watching TV seeing an advertisement for the latest double cheeseburger followed by an ad for the latest diabetes drug. Asking our government to stop subsidizing the food that is bad for us and support fruit and veggies should also be on the to-do list.
Mary Pryde, Norco, CA
Ask food markets to discount low-fat and low-salt versions of products whenever the standard version is advertised at a discount price. Second, if plain frozen meat and vegetables really are as good for health as the corresponding fresh foods, then an effort should be made to publicize this, especially to those on a tight budget that sometimes leads to the purchase of junk foods.
Michael Ratner, Arlington, MA
More healthy food outlets in "food desert" areas, so that healthy options are available, low-cost, and convenient.
Shauna Haines, Berkeley, CA
There is nothing fresher or more local than [food grown on] one’s own property. Moreover, the benefits of growing your own food go far beyond health to such matters as the environment, flavor, great lessons for raising kids, exercise, recycling “waste,” not supporting industrial agriculture, and saving money.
Peter Burkard, Sarasota, FL