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Healthy neighborhoods are just a pivoting point in creating and harnessing equity in Baltimore communities. Out of the 621,000 people living in Baltimore, 25% or 158,271 people live in food deserts. 48% of neighborhoods contain food deserts. Over one third (35%) of African Americans living in Baltimore City live in food deserts, which is disproportionately high compared to any other ethnic group living in the city.
That being said, there has been a strong correlation between healthy food access and life expectancy, and healthy food access and premature deaths due to cardiovascular disease. Generally, poor health status, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are some of the negative effects of an unbalanced diet. It is time to educate, inform, and nourish the communities of Baltimore about the positive effects their diet can have on their life. The following tools can help achieve food justice in the local Baltimore communities.