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NBC News reports that a new study from the Mari Gallagher Research & Consulting Group suggests that in Chicago, “lack of access to healthy food has declined nearly 40 percent over the past five years ... Although the decline shows  improvement of awareness, the Gallagher group warns in a statement that ‘serious health and retail challenges persist’.”

The study says that close to 384,000 Chicago residents are still living in so-called “food deserts” including more than 124,000 children.

The reports comes as First Lady Michelle Obama travels to Chicago today as part of her nationwide effort to promote healthy eating and fight childhood obesity. Included in her itinerary will be a meeting with a number of urban mayors dealing with urban food policy issues and looking to solve the problem of “food deserts.”
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