Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Combating Food Deserts

Today's episode of CNN Student News contains a story about food deserts. Food deserts is a term used to describe areas that have poor access to affordable and healthy food. The story was about the city of Baltimore's policies and strategies designed to combat the food desert that exists in poor areas of Baltimore, Maryland.


Applications for Education
There are a couple of classroom discussions that could emerge out of this segment of CNN Student News. Your students could explore the question of how much should the government get involved in the daily lives of its citizens? Your students could also explore the reasons why food deserts exist in poor urban areas.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Food Play - Resources About Food and Diet
Sugar Stacks - How Much Sugar is in Your Snack?

Cool Food Kidz Teaches Kids About Diet & Fitness