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6.2
10.3
Red > 10.3
Green <= 6.2
In-between = Yellow
Unit: percent
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Low-Income and Low Access to a Grocery Store

Value: 8.0 percent
Measurement
Period:
2010
Location: County : Dallas
Located in:
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
Substate Region: Region 3a
TEA Region: Region 10
State: Texas
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Comparison: U.S. Counties
Categories: Environment / Built Environment
Health / Exercise, Nutrition, & Weight
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What is this Indicator?
This indicator shows the percentage of the total population in a county that is low income and living more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store if in an urban area, and more than 10 miles from a supermarket or large grocery store if in a rural area.
Why this is important: 
The accessibility, availability and affordability of healthy and varied food options in the community increase the likelihood that residents will have a balanced and nutritious diet. A diet comprised of nutritious foods, in combination with an active lifestyle, can reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes and is essential to maintain a healthy body weight and prevent obesity. Low-income and under-served areas often have limited numbers of stores that sell healthy foods. People living farther away from grocery stores are less likely to access healthy food options on a regular basis and thus more likely to consume foods which are readily available at convenience stores and fast food outlets.
Technical Note:  The distribution is based on data from 3,143 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture - Food Environment Atlas
URL of Source:   http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-environment-at...
URL of Data:   http://ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-environment-atlas/...
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: December 2012
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