New Webinar- Fuel for Active Bodies: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods (May 8, 2019)


Webinar Title: Fuel for Active Bodies: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods

Webinar Date/Time: May 8, 2019 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

According to a report by the USDA, approximately 23.5 million people in the US live in food deserts, areas where people live more than a mile from a market or store that sells fresh produce, whole grains, and other foods essential to a balanced diet. Learn more about the issue and how communities are working to increase access, via walking and active transportation, to healthy food in their own backyards. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Explain how access to healthy food and walkability are interrelated.
  • Describe policies and programs that are supporting healthy food access and walkability.
  • Discuss local community efforts and ways walking advocates should be engaging on topics related to this work.
About the Panel

Hanifa Adjuman is a seasoned community activist, urban farmer, educator, and community elder.  She is a founding member of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and currently serves as the organization’s Education and Outreach Director.  Her work with the network involves engaging with the community around issues of food justice and food insecurity, recruitment of new members to the organization, and working with youth.  As the coordinator of the DBCFSN’s Food Warriors Youth Development Program she teaches young people not only how to grow food, but also how to prepare the foods that they grow, and the relationship between food, nutrition, physical activity and optimal health.  For Mama Hanifa—as she is fondly referred to in her community—Food Warriors is also about children of African descent reconnecting to their agricultural heritage so that they become re-centered in their awareness of their deeply rooted relationship agriculture and to nature as a whole. Her work with youth is grounded in the African traditional values embedded in the Nguzo Saba or “Seven Principals” of Kwanzaa.

In addition to her work with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Hanifa is also a fellow with the Detroit Equity Action Lab, an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Law Center at Wayne State University.   The primary work of DEAL is to raise the profile of racial justice issues, connect community experts to build collective power and amplify the voices of Detroiters.

Mama Hanifa is the parenting grandmother of thirteen-year old Na’Kyah, and in her rare spare time she enjoys reading, long walks in nature, writing poetry, and canning.

Caroline Harries supports the implementation and development of policies and resources to encourage healthy food retail development and preservation in underserved areas throughout the country. She has a master’s in regional planning from Cornell University and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  She lives in Philadelphia with her family and her hobbies include running and shopping at The Food Trust’s farmers markets!

Marisa Jones serves as the Healthy Communities Senior Manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. In this role, she works to improve active transportation connections to places that help people lead healthy lives, including schools, grocery stores, and parks. Marisa leads the National Partnership’s work on Safe Routes to Healthy Food, bringing the active transportation and healthy food access sectors together to identify strategies to overcome the transportation barriers to healthy food access. Marisa also works on Safe Routes to Parks, which aims to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility of parks and open space. Working at the intersection of planning, public policy, and public health, Marisa is passionate about using place-based strategies to optimize community health.

Prior to joining the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Marisa worked at the Institute for Public Health Innovation, where she led the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities and Towns Campaign for the Mid-Atlantic, supporting local governments to adopt policies that improve healthy food access and opportunities for physical activity. Prior to IPHI,  Marisa worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine conducting research on racial disparities in breast cancer prediction models and interned at The White House during the Obama Administration, where she specialized in a portfolio of casework related to immigration, housing, personal finance, and education.

Marisa completed a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health and Political Science at Tufts University and a Master of Science in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on the relationship between geography and health. At Penn, Marisa co-founded the Hispanic/Latino Alliance for Change and Equity (HACE) and was awarded the Wilson-Spigner Award for Social Policy Excellence. Marisa is bilingual in Spanish and English.