Street Food: Attacking Obesity & Wiping Out Food Deserts One City Block at a Time

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Taking on the twin crises of "food desert" neighborhoods and obesity, cities are using multiple approaches to give families access to fresh fruits and vegetables, including corner stores, bodegas, farmers markets, food trucks and even pushcarts.  With funding from The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, New York City has launched the country's largest pushcart initiative to deliver fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods.

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Laurie M. Tisch

Ms. Laurie M. Tisch
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund


Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent,
Associate Chief of Neurosurgery-
Grady Memorial Hospital,
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery-
Emory University


Cathy Nonas
Director, Physical Activity and Nutrition Program,
New York City Department of Health  



Dwayne ProctorPanelist:
Dwayne Proctor, Ph.D
Director, Childhood Obesity Programs &
Sr. Program Officer,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mary Mazzio
Filmmaker, Writer and Director
Apple Pushers Documentary

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Bringing Apple Pushers to Atlanta

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