United Senergy urges you to “Love Your Body….Love Yourself” by being aware of the food you put into your body and the difference healthy nutrition can make in your life. Research shows that huge nutritional disparities exist across socioeconomic groups in the United States. People living in poor areas often do not have access to healthy food and eat fewer fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other important nutrients than those in more affluent neighborhoods. What to do?
Why do nutritional disparities matter?
For people on tight budgets…and for everyone striving to balance the demands of work, family and household chores while still taking care of themselves, achieving healthful nutrition for yourself and your family is a huge challenge. US is here to make it easier, to make it fun, to inform and educate you about healthful eating and how to make it happen.
A healthy lifestyle depends on good nutrition combined with physical activity. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT…the saying goes. Nutritious eating helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduces your risk of chronic illness such as heart disease and cancer, and promotes your overall health.
Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to the obesity epidemic in the United States: about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8 percent) are obese and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Even for people at a healthy weight, a poor diet is associated with major health risks that can cause illness and even death. These include heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain types of cancer. By making smart food choices, you can help prevent these health problems.
Lack of support for healthful nutrition
HELP! In the United States, it’s hard to stay healthy – especially if you live in low-income neighborhoods and are bombarded constantly with poor food choices
Nutritional disparities exist across a wide range of socioeconomic groups in our society. Underserved, poor neighborhoods often don’t have supermarkets with choices of natural fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other healthy food items. Families in these neighborhoods may not have cars; they depend on public transportation. They are limited to shopping in small “mom and pop” groceries that stock prepared foods loaded with sodium and other unhealthy preservatives. Or they pick up dinner (or breakfast or lunch) at fast-food restaurants, eating high fat, high sodium, poor quality food that is a recipe for heart disease, diabetes and other ailments.
A report by American Cancer Society researcher Hope Landrine in the journal “Ethnicity & Health” pointed to disparities affecting communities of color and particularly African-American neighborhoods, noting:
- Two to three times as many fast food outlets are located in segregated Black neighborhoods than in white neighborhoods of comparable socioeconomic status, contributing to higher black consumption of fatty, salty meals and in turn widening racial disparities in obesity and diabetes.
- Black neighborhoods contain two to three times fewer supermarkets than comparable white neighborhoods, creating the kind of “food deserts” that make it difficult for residents who depend on public transportation to purchase the fresh fruits and vegetables that make for a healthy diet.
Raising awareness of the critical importance of good nutrition to your health and life and overcoming nutritional disparities that plague people and communities is a huge part of the US mission! We can give you the information and education you need to get healthy and stay healthy via nutritious eating, physical activity and access to important information that helps provide the tools to keep your life on a healthy, positive track.
United Senergy brings healthy eating to you!
- Farmer’s Markets – joining with local businesses, community organizations, hospitals, health food stores to have outdoor farmer’s markets encouraging residents to eat fresh, local, natural food that is free of preservatives and chemicals.
- Nutrition Pop-Up Shops – creating partnerships with neighborhood shops to hold pop-up venues where people can taste and purchase healthy foods and get recipes and healthy eating advice.
- CLICK for Healthy Eating – posting nutritious recipes on US Blog and nutrition advice on Website.
- Restaurants Join In! – partnering with local restaurants on “nutrition events” where they open their kitchens to small groups, cooking and tasting healthful meals from their menus.
- Cooking-Nutrition Classes – holding fun classes that bring together singles, families, children, seniors to cook and eat healthy snacks, entrees, meals together.