Food Systems

The process and actors involved in growing, manufacturing, preparing and distributing food play a huge role in urban and community health. Urban, low-income neighborhoods tend to have the highest concentrations of processed and fast foods and the least access to healthy and nutritious foods. The Urban+Health Initiative examines the role played by all those involved in the food system in order to determine how we can use this information to decrease the disparity in access to healthy food, thus creating healthier communities.


Dr. Andrew Rundle and colleagues in the Built Environment and Health Research Group have been studying neighborhood food environments in New York City and the associations between disparities in food environments and diet and body size among . Recent work shows that body mass index of residents of New York City is positively associated with the availability of fast food outlets in a neighborhood.