What: The American Heart Association will be hosting Town Hall meetings to discuss the lack of access to nutritious foods in Baraga and Marquette counties and across the state.

When: Wednesday, January 20th

Keweenaw Bay Ojibway Community College

770 N. Main St. L’Anse

Jay Loonsfoot Room

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Thursday, January 21st

Marquette Board of Commissioners,

234 W. Baraga Avenue Marquette

Room 41

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM and 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Why: 1.8 million Michigan residents, including 300,000 children, live in communities where they do not have easy, or any, access to affordable healthy food. For the first time in history, our children are expected to live five years less than their parents due to the high rate of childhood obesity and diseases that are a factor of obesity.

The Healthy Food Access Campaign will provide financing and business assistance to healthy food retailers that benefit underserved communities in Michigan, which will allow citizens to have healthier food options closer to home. House Bill 5180 has been introduced by Representative Dave Pagel (R-Berrien Springs). If implemented, the bill would increase opportunities for low-interest loans and grants for individuals working across the food spectrum to expand their healthy food offerings; this would expand healthy food access in communities needing it most. This initiative will help make the healthy choice an easy- and possible – choice in all areas of Michigan.


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