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Virginia Advocates Work to Address Food Access Disparities



A few months ago, I spoke with Michelle Charters, the Regional Campaign Manager for the American Heart Association and ANCHOR. She informed me Healthy Food Virginia’s plan to help shine a light on food access disparities. One way they were showing people what it is like to have to travel more than a mile to the grocery store was by having them carry a grocery bag for a mile in their local Heart Walk.

To reach a broader audience, they have just released a new video that highlights their efforts. Check out the new video here. To hear about their fight for better food access in Virginia, read the original story and new coverage items here.

ANCHOR, or Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships, is a community capacity building project funded by the CDC's National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention initiative. The American Heart Association is working in 15 markets around the country to mobilize key stakeholders and partners to protect people from tobacco smoke through smoke-free environment initiatives, improve access to healthy, nutritious food where people live, learn, work, and play, and encourage increased physical activity through shared use agreements and support of physical education in schools.