Expert spotlights food poverty in the Valley
MCALLEN – In the Rio Grande Valley, more than 50% of the residents live in poverty, playing a factor in the increase of people struggling with diabetes and obesity.
Families living in poverty don’t make healthy choices, because they want to target a meal for five dollars versus a $10 meal, according to Debra Franco, a child hunger outreach specialist.
Health experts say the best way to look at healthy eating is not that it’s more expensive, but that it’s just more of a priority in the budget.
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