The segment below was featured on Univision's Health Week / Semana de la Salud on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Watch below or go to the website to view the rest of the videos featuring challenges to eating healthfully - exacerbated by the drought - faced by vulnerable communities in California's Central Valley.
Univision interview on food deserts and food insecurity in the San Joaquin Valley
Perhaps the most striking thing I have learned in my year in the Central Valley is this paradox: 65% of the produce consumed in the U.S. comes from this region, yet the people who pick that produce are at high risk of food insecurity and lack access to healthy, fresh foods.
I had the opportunity to talk about this problem and one solution - the food truck, Produce on the Go - with the Univision documentary crew who came out to film Produce on the Go. I loved the experience and can't wait to see the results.
Watch for the segment on Univision in August!
A big event for South Merced! Our Produce on the Go food truck is going to be featured on an Univision Health Week program, and in its honor, a health fair was held at South Merced's Golden Valley Health Center. Participants included: registrants for Covered California, dancing fruit, hula hoop dancers, and (my favorite!) a class of children who handed out samples of tasty and nutritious smoothies.
We took advantage of this opportunity to bring some students out to recruit participants for a study to evaluate the National Cancer Institute's healthy eating text messaging program.
For more information about the food truck / mobile grocery, check out: http://makesomeonehappy.us/projects.html#potg
A. SUSANA RAMÍREZ
Public Health Communication
sramirez37 at ucmerced dot edu