Removal of food deserts in Oklahoma
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Over 500,000 Oklahomans are food insecure, with many of these people living in food deserts. Food deserts are urban or rural area in which the population has little to no access to a grocery store or affordable healthy food options. People living in these food deserts are susceptible to tremendous health and economic implications including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Oklahoma is currently ranked 46th in overall health, and is one of the top 10 states to suffer from diabetes and obesity. Out of Oklahoma's 77 counties, 32 are recognized by the USDA as food deserts. The Healthy Food Financing Act has been created to help decrease these horrendous statistics as well as help erase food deserts across the state. By passing The Healthy Food Financing Act (HB 1467, HB 1480, and SB 506), opening and maintaining stores for grocers will become easier as well as increase the production of Oklahoma grown fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meats. In return, benefitting local farmers and ranchers as well as consumers statewide. The passing of this policy will also provide education to consumers to help increase healthier meal decisions and shopping habits across the state. If you are in support of increasing the overall health of Oklahomans by ridding of food deserts and increase public knowledge of healthier lifestyles by the passing of the Healthy Food Financing Act, we ask that you sign this petition.
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