Survey: East side residents rarely cook

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Three community groups looked at the “Indy East Food Desert” and found only 8 percent of people there get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day.

A food desert is how hard it is for some parts of the city to provide access to fresh food. A recent Walk Score report in April ranked Indianapolis the worst city in the United States, tied with Oklahoma City, for walkable access to grocery stores.

A mere 1 percent of people cooked at least one meal at home every day, while nearly a quarter of people ate fast food at least three times a week.

After reviewing the survey, the groups say putting grocery stores and farmers markets near public transportation is critical. Another important aspect is educating people on their options and how to make better choices, especially when it comes to children.

“We have to look at teaching children. Just because it’s in front of you, you have to learn how to eat healthy,”  Regina Marsh with Forest Manor Multi-Service Center said.

Each of the community groups also hosts at least one community garden site where people can grow their own food.

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