Food & Farm Economic Powerhouse
Proven Track Record
Why We’re Concerned
The cost of obesity and related chronic diseases is worrisome.
- 3.5M visits to food shelves
- More than twice the number of Minnesotans visited food shelves in 2013 than 13 years ago.
- 20% of families with children in Minnesota face hunger or food insecurity.
- $2.8B obesity-related healthcare costs per year
- $17B lost productivity
- Lost productivity and absenteeism due to unhealthy workers/year.
- 60% of deaths in Minnesota are diet-related
- The majority of deaths are from diet-related illness, like stroke, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
- 2:3 Minnesotans are overweight or obese
- Many low-income Minnesotans are obese with other diet-related problems, including 1 out of 3 young children.
Healthy Food Access
- Minnesota has fewer supermarkets per capita than most states, ranking in the bottom third of states nationwide.
- Nearly 900K Minnesota residents including over 200,000 children, live in lower-income communities with insufficient grocery store access.
What We Need
- Solutions that promote health and prosperity for all.
- $11B in savings
- By increasing access to healthy food and economic opportunity for all, we can save up to $11 billion in diet-related healthcare costs.
- $2.9B economic gains earned per year
- Investing in healthy food infrastructure and agriculture could yield $2.9 billion per year for a state like Minnesota.
– Advancing Health Equity, MDH, 2014