In the United States, 1 in 6 Americans or 15.8 percent lack access to adequate amounts of healthy foods, including 21.4 percent of U.S. children. The problem is even greater in Florida where 17 percent of adults and 26.7 percent of children are food insecure. Duval County has one of the highest rates of food insecurity for the state at 20.1 percent of all adults. The consequences of food insecurity are profound. In children that don’t have access to enough healthy food, research has shown more difficulty learning, behavioral issues, depression and anxiety, and higher rates of obesity. Adults that don’t have access to enough healthy foods have more mental health issues, obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
The Center for Nutrition and Food Security (CNFS) serves as a gateway to the University for non-profit Agencies, government programs, professional organizations, and industry personnel by exploring solutions to food insecurity and malnutrition.
Bring students, faculty and community organizations together in a coordinated and sustained effort that finds solutions and eliminates barriers in order to improve food access and nutritional health in the local and global community.
The goals of the CNFS are:
Dr. Lauri Wright is an assistant professor and director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program. She is the founding director of the Center for Nutrition and Food Security and a nationally-recognized expert in food insecurity.
Nutrition & Dietetics
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