Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
A lack of supermarkets has been shown to contribute to unhealthy eating and poor health outcomes. Increasing access to supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods improves access to healthier foods and beverages.
A lack of supermarkets in underserved areas is believed to contribute to unhealthy eating and poor health outcomes in those communities. There is evidence that increasing access to supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods through public transit and increased supermarket development improves access to healthier foods and beverages. Supermarkets offering transportation services see an increase in revenue from fresh produce and other perishable items. The service is also effective in attracting and retaining customers. Incentives, new regulatory frameworks, involvement of nonprofit agencies and political leadership, and subsidy models have been recommended as strategies to attract planners and supermarket chains to underserved areas. The successful development of supermarkets consequently leads to the creation of jobs. The positive cycle of economic investment improves the supply of healthier foods and beverages and potentially leads to improved health of the members of the community who now have better access to healthier food sources.
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