Saint Louis University

Impact on Health: Availability of Food and Food Deserts in St. Louis

2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week

Tuesday, April 1
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Learning Resources Center, Pitlyk Auditorium A

Sponsored By: Global Health Learning Community

In 2008 the annual medical cost of obesity was $147 billion with more than one third of the U.S. population considered obese. The prevalence of obesity continues to increase and become an even greater concern for the country as well as health care providers. In understanding this trend in weight gain it is important to recognize the social constructs impacting food choice. Dr. Millie Mattfeldt-Beman, a professor and the chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Melissa Chapnick, a graduate student in the Nutrition and Dietetics program, will be presenting a dynamic discussion on barriers to food availability in the St. Louis area and their impact on health.

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