Lansing: A food desert in need of growth

A National Health Crisis

Rising obesity rates and lack of access to healthy foods have made Lansing an example of the health crisis in the United States. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, many parts of Lansing are considered food deserts — areas where, for the majority of residents, there is limited access to healthy food on their budget. Registered dietitian Jennie Hahn said there should be  concern for those children being raised in food deserts. “If you think about school lunches and the vending machines you find at schools – the kids just aren’t surrounded by the healthy options they need,” Hahn said. There are other factors that are contributing to the decline in health of Lansing residents.

Thanksgiving brings various traditions to MSU

With Thanksgiving this Thursday, Michigan State students are planning on celebrating the holiday with their family and friends. Students with international backgrounds have different ways of celebrating the American tradition. Chesca Alvarez, a senior from Novi, has a different Thanksgiving than everyone else. “My family actually eats Japanese food during Thanksgiving so we don’t really have, like, the typical Thanksgiving,” she said. While she can’t do Thanksgiving with her parents because they are in the Philippines, she gets to celebrate Thanksgiving with her siblings.

Lansing Township ballot leads to low voter turnout

Lansing Township voting booths saw a lower voter turnout this election than in previous elections due to the lack of proposals on the ballot. The Lansing Township ballot had only one item up for vote, and it was related to an Ingham County millage which would allow the Township to raise taxes on residents. This ballot was short in relation to that of the City of Lansing, which was electing a new mayor. The Lansing Township Clerk Susan Aten said she was not surprised by the low voter turnout. “It’s hard to compare previous elections in general, you have to look at the type of election it is,” said Aten.

Lansing residents talk about their city

“There’s almost always something to do here and free. Lansing is blooming right now, during the summer the Lansing city parks were very popular for their concerts and events.”

Nancy Heldt, Elementary School Cafeteria Employee.  

 

“Lansing is a city on the cusp of serious change… changing demographics, changing economic drivers, changing political characteristics.”

Dr. Bryan Beverly, Research Assistant and Coordinator of the Fellowship of Instructional Leaders with MSU’s College of Education, Office of K-12 Outreach and Lansing School Board member.  

“We have a lot of diversity here in Lansing. It’s not like on the outskirts where it’s not diverse.