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La Crosse Has A Food Desert

When a 5 block section of La Crosse was studied recently, that area was

labeled a food desert. Meaning food insecurity exists in 34% of households in that area.Brenda Rooney with Gunderson Health System in La Crosse tells us that it's an important study.

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The spending habits of the surveyed households also revealed a trend toward food insecurity. More than 30% of daily smokers and 28% of occasional smokers had severe food insecurity. Those without access to a computer or the Internet also had higher food insecurity, as well as people with cell phones with texting capability. However, many of those who did not have a cell phone.....age 65 and older.....had a lower rate of food insecurity.

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