When the WIC program took steps to get more fresh produce into recipients’ diets, the results were promising. But the initiative is being held back by administrative flaws and, yes, a political battle over white potatoes.
A new initiative will couple efforts to improve the supply of healthy food with community development that strengthens residents’ ability to afford a more nutritious lifestyle.
With 65 percent of the borough’s adults overweight, there are growing calls to increase physical education in schools and elsewhere.
Six years after a health department report identified the neighborhood as a hotspot for obesity and diabetes, it’s easier to get healthy food. But it’s still not easy to get a good workout.
From food stamps to food jobs, New York City has an opportunity the nation’s true leader on food issues.
Even in poor neighborhoods not home to power plants, waste transfer stations or the other egregious environmental offenders, physical conditions sustain not just ill health, but poverty as well.
From competition with other carts and established businesses, to tickets, cold weather and struggles getting and storing their food, a six-month investigation of the Green Cart program reveals room for improvement.
In 2009 a controversy over wages scuttled a plan to build a mall in the long-empty Kingsbridge Armory. Now there’s a plan to host bike races there. Is a renovation project finally getting in gear?
The collapse of the Supercommittee process gives New York City anti-hunger activists a chance to help shape a farm bill that fights hunger, promotes health, protects the environment and bolsters independent farmers.
The federal government wants more mothers to breastfeed. But, writes a New York City social worker, the feds also oversee welfare programs that make it very difficult for low-income women to nurse their kids.