by Allison Knott, RD
Few people have the opportunity to drive across the country, but those who have done it will probably agree that the American food landscape varies widely depending on your location. From the diversified metropolitan food environment, to the cornfields of Middle America, a trip across the country will show it all. However, this variety is only scraping the surface of what Dr. Miriam Nelson, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and founder of the StrongWomen Initiative, will face this fall as she travels from Alaska to Pennsylvania visiting eight small communities on the StrongWomen Across America tour.
Dr. Nelson is using the StrongWomen program and her latest book, The Social Network Diet: Change Yourself, Change the World, as the catalyst for the tour that begins this September. The StrongWomen Across America tour targets eight communities with active StrongWomen programs. Each community has developed what Nelson is calling a Change Club – 15 to 20 motivated women who have come together to change the physical activity and food environment in their towns. She hopes to not only change the food and physical activity environment in each community, but also to initiate a grassroots change that will spread throughout the communities and eventually across America.
The tour will also focus on the broader food environment and Dr. Nelson and her team’s experience eating healthfully and staying physically active while driving across the country, as well as a national narrative built with short interview clips on the influence communities can have on an individual’s health.
You can learn more about the tour on www.strongwomen.com/tour. Follow Dr. Nelson and her team as they make their way across America with the goal of changing the physical activity and food environment one community at a time.
*Image credits from Strong Women website.
Allison is a second year Nutrition Communication student and registered dietitian. She has a passion for communicating sound nutrition information to the public. Follow her kitchen blunders, triathlon adventures, and read nutrition advice on her blog, Choices.Habits.Lifestyle.