Commission to hear about the connection between health and access to food

Area residents can learn about how the presence and access to neighborhood grocery stores and markets encourage higher fruit and vegetable consumption

VANCOUVER — A healthy community provides a readily available, affordable, and abundant selection of healthful eating options through conveniently located fresh produce markets, grocery stores, farmers’ markets and community gardens.

Area residents can learn about how the presence and access to neighborhood grocery stores and markets encourage higher fruit and vegetable consumption, which supports dietary needs and helps reduce the risk of many diseases at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 pm Wed., June 19.

The meeting will be in the sixth-floor Hearing Room of the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.

Melissa Martin, Public Health program manager, Ann Foster, Food Systems Council/Farmers Markets; and Zena Edwards, WSU Extension, will discuss our local food system and the importance of having access to healthy food.

The June 19 discussion is the fourth meeting this year focused on healthy communities, especially for people 65 and older. Healthy communities can contribute to one’s ability to live independently, safely, and comfortably.

The Commission on Aging, supported by the Clark County Council, is a nine-member volunteer group that implements the Aging Readiness Plan and provides leadership addressing needs of aging community members. For more about the commission, please visit www.clark.wa.gov/aging.

Commission meetings are carried live on CVTV Channel 23 and online at www.cvtv.org. To see replay times, go to www.cvtv.org.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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