Healthy Food &

Community Change

Status Report

Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund April 2016

Obesity-related illnesses cost New York City residents
$4 billion annually through higher Medicaid and Medicare costs.

Improving access to healthy food is critical, but access cannot occur in a vacuum.
We need to create an environment that is conducive to making healthy choices, with:

  • Affordable, convenient and quality healthy options
  • Greater awareness and knowledge of healthy choices
  • Community engagement and ownership