National Healthy Eating Week aims to encourage individuals to adapt healthy eating habits.
USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) monitors the food security of United States household yearly. According to ERS, “In 2020, 89.5% of U.S. households were food secure throughout the year.” USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) works to address hunger and food security through research, education, and Extension.
See below a few samplings NIFA-funded research being conducted by our stakeholders.
NIFA Invests to Support Healthy Eating for Low-Income Americans
NIFA recently announced an investment of more than $34 million to support greater food access and nutrition security for low-income and at-risk communities through the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program . Read more.
4-H Program Instills Healthy Habits in 900 Local Youth
Youth in Jefferson County, Arkansas, exhibit high rates of obesity, juvenile diabetes, acid reflux, and other health-related issues that are exacerbated by a sedentary lifestyle. Childhood obesity can lead to health implications that are usually only seen in adult type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. The problems unhealthy youth face commonly persists into adulthood. Adult obesity puts individuals at risk of stroke, heart and liver disease, dementia, and certain types of cancer. Read more.
"Cooking Matters" Program Teaches Seniors How to Prepare Nutritious Meals
Senior citizens are a demographic particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. Their challenges include the inability to afford food, decreased mobility, sedentary lifestyles, lack of transportation, and limited shopping and cooking ability. Seniors can suffer major illnesses due to malnutrition stemming from lack of access to healthy food. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, food insecurity costs older adults in the U.S. an estimated $130 billion annually in additional health care expenses. Read more.
Examples of NIFA Hunger & Food Security Programs Include:
- Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program
- Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program
- The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
- Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Food Security Challenge Area