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Low Income Residents : The United States Department Of Agriculture

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Low-income residents with very little access to healthy food items are commonly known as “food deserts”. Definitions of this term may very but the phrase was first used in 1990 by researchers in the United Kingdom. “Food deserts” became a popular word in the United States by 2003 to describe certain areas of Mississippi that were nowhere near supermarkets. The United States Department of Agriculture recognized “food deserts” as regions with very little access to affordable and nutritious foods, predominantly communities with low incomes. The purpose of the study is to determine problem areas in the Puget Sound region, focusing on transportation and how they aid or interfere with this access. Potential “food deserts” are immediately identified based on transportation ability, low-income residents and health conditions surrounding the area. Limited access to purchase fresh and nutritious food items can lead to poor diets and adverse health effects such as obesity, diabetes and many others. Obesity is a leading health concern with conditions existing between gender, race and economic status. Identifying certain locations with low access to healthy foods can help to develop a strategy to get rid of food deserts. Projected populations in the Puget Sound region are expected to rise another 1.7 million people by the year 2040. With this estimated growth increases the need to act quickly in addressing the problem to combat food deserts now and in the future. Food deserts are a
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