July 5. Urban Health Hall. 18:10 - 18:50


Food deserts. Urban food policy

Every day, doctors all over the world prescribe myriad of medication to their patients against various ailments. However, all of these appointments are designed to overcome diseases which are already underway, when instead preventive measures could have been taken and a proper diet suggested. According to a study conducted at the Friedman School of Science and Politics at Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA), eating the necessary amount of vegetables and fruits can, on the one hand, prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and on the other - reduce the potential costs of treatment. At the same time, it is important to understand that the problem is not only about promoting good nutrition. In order to form healthy eating habits among residents, it is often necessary to deal with the so-called food deserts - areas where fresh and healthy food is absent or is extremely expensive.

  • How can legislative initiatives, zoning principles and social programmes influence food deserts?
  • How can we change the way people think about food and healthy nutrition?
  • How do nutrition habits affect people’s health?


Maria Vasilyeva
Advisor to the Deputy Head of Department of Health of Moscow


Joanna Frank
President, CEO, Center for Active Design


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