Community Voices: Food Insecurity Versus Nutrition Insecurity

Where health is concerned, the kinds of foods, rather than their calories, brought into a community matter greatly.

Food and nutrition may spark similar images in your mind, but they can be the difference between a thriving community and one that merely exists.

I call the problem in St. Petersburg “nutrition insecurity” because “food insecurity” is all too often met with junk calories.

These junk calories are highly processed foods that can be warehoused for years but do not make a community healthier and, actually, create and exacerbate chronic diseases of diabetes, cardiac disease and renal failure.

“Nutrition insecurity,” on the other hand, is meeting the nutrition needs of our city with unprocessed fresh produce, meats and dairy. Read more…

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