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Healthy Food, Healthy Lives


August 16, 2022

.@NYHFoundation report details the results of a statewide survey about the health and lived experiences of New Yorkers who are food insecure. Read it here:
Understanding the lived experiences of food-insecure New Yorkers is key to developing policy solutions. Read an @NYHFoundation report on food and health:
.@NYHFoundation report: Food-insecure New Yorkers are nearly 9x as likely to report difficulty obtaining food as food-secure peers.

Across New York State, food insecurity—the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life—is prevalent, persistent, and costly.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 10 New Yorkers—nearly 2 million people—were food insecure. Food insecurity jeopardizes health. Evidence proves that individuals with uncertain access to food have lower diet quality, higher rates of diet-related disease, and higher health care costs.

This NYHealth survey dives deep into the lived experiences of New Yorkers who are food insecure and contrasts them with the food-secure population. The report details the results of a 1,507-person statewide survey. The results are clear: food insecurity is strongly associated with worse health.

Below are some key takeaways: