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Investigating Very Low Food Security in the Redwood Coast Region

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The prevalence of very low food security in the Redwood Coast Region is more than 2 times the prevalence in California.

Very low food security is a measure of severe food insecurity resulting in reduced food intake, disrupted eating patterns or hunger. Food insecurity is associated with numerous poor health outcomes including: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and poor cognitive, academic and psychosocial outcomes.

Results from the Rural Health Information Survey, 2006, indicate that there are disparities in very low food security in the Redwood Coast Region.

By Kali Patterson and Jessica Van Arsdale, MD, MPH

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