To illustrate the jigsaw puzzle that explains health and food disparities in low-income communities, comparisons between two low-income communities, Flint and Detroit, reveal a lack of grocery stores with affordable prices and the abundance of fast-food restaurant are key challenges linked to adverse health issues such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. “It basically confirmed that there’s a lot of junk food on kids’ menus in poorer neighborhoods of urban areas,” said Rick Sadler, assistant professor in MSU’s College of Human Medicine’s Division of Public Health — Flint campus, who co-authored in 2018 a study on how students who attend schools in urban areas with high levels of socioeconomic distress consume foods with low levels of nutritional value such as fast-food.
Fast-food frequency in Detroit
“The number of fast food restaurants are too many to count, but I would say more than 10,” said Detroit resident Darion Jackson. “It’s harder to find healthier options when all you’re surrounded with is fast food.”
This video recorded while driving through Detroit shows fast-food restaurants dominated city blocks. Kenneth Matthews, a Detroit resident, agrees with Jackson on the increasing number of fast food restaurant in the city. Systemic racism
Sadler credits systemic racism as the root cause for food disparities.
When it comes to athletes, a lot goes into how they keep their performances levels high. One of those ways is through their nutrition. I spoke with Kate Davis, a registered dietician in Lansing, Michigan, on just how important it is to keep those things in mind for an athlete, as well as anyone trying to stay healthy. Davis graduated from Michigan State University with a master of science degree in human nutrition, with an emphasis in exercise physiology. She is a member of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Dietician Registry and has consulted teams such as the USA women’s hockey team, Grand Valley State University Athletics, and the Gatorade GFEAT Employee Wellness Program.
By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps has ranked Clinton County third in the state for overall health. The ranking was based on health factors including length of life, quality of life, and health behaviors such as excessive drinking, exercise opportunities, and smoking. Clinton County’s residents have an outstanding record compared to the state average. Clinton County enjoys 33 percent fewer premature deaths than the state average as well as 4 percent fewer smokers (16 percent to a state average 20), 1 percent fewer excessive drinkers (17 percent to a state average 18), 37 percent fewer sexually transmitted infections (178 cases a year to a state average 481), and an incredible 13 percent fewer children living in poverty (11 percent to a state average 24), according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Personal trainer Mark Denda works out of Lansing.
By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
On Nov. 5, members from SodexoMAGIC presented at the Lansing School Board Meeting. With a fruit and vegetable grant being implemented in Lansing schools, they hope to provide more healthy meal choices for students. According to Keison Arnold, Director of Operations of SodexoMAGIC, a school lunch vendor, the fruit and vegetable grant is given from the state and will help add fruits and vegetables during times other than breakfast and lunch. He called it a healthy snack.
By CHEYNA ROTH
Capital News Service
LANSING — School bake sales have gotten an extreme health makeover this past school year, but state lawmakers are hoping to bring back the traditional sweet fare. Michigan public schools that participate in federal meal programs have been required since July to follow the federal “Smart Snacks” program, which regulates the types of foods served and sold on school grounds. The regulation, which targets growing childhood obesity rates, establishes nutrition standards and applies to any food sold on school grounds within 30 minutes of the end of the school day. Under USDA guidelines, foods must meet certain sodium, fat, calorie and sugar limits as well as other requirements such as having the first ingredient be a fruit, vegetable, dairy product or protein. If schools do not comply with the regulations, they could potentially face a fine dictated by the USDA, which has not yet been set.
By PATRICK LYONS
Capital News Service
LANSING – A recommendation to the governor that would scrap the planned regulation of dietitians and nutritionists has alarmed the state’s dietitians. Kathy DeGrow, a lobbyist for the Michigan Dietetic Association, said the problem with the move is the need to preserve the occupation’s credibility. She said all dietitians have the knowledge and experience to be considered nutritionists, but not all “nutritionists” are qualified to be considered dietitians. All dietitians must be registered with the American Association of Dietitians, but nutritionists are not registered. “There are people who are calling themselves ‘nutritionists’ but they do not have the same credential as a professional who would have a license and a well-defined educational background,” she said.
Men’s Fitness Magazine recently ranked Michigan State University as the third fittest college in the nation. The ranking was based on nutrition, fitness and campus indexes that included the number of athletic clubs, nutrition and the amount of sunshine on campus. MSU has three intramural facilities on campus that are utilized by thousands of students. “I like IM West because it’s big, there are a lot of machines so if someone is using something usually there’s something else you can do,” MSU freshman Louis Savona said. “They’re all new and they’re all nice.”