This session will provide an introduction to the burden of food insecurity and its impact on health disparities among young people in Minnesota. The consequences of food insecurity for physical, emotional, and mental health will be discussed along with the unique health vulnerabilities of young people during the life course transition from adolescence to early adulthood. Recent University of Minnesota research findings will be shared in addressing the prevalence of food insecurity among emerging adults (18-26 y). Research findings will further address: (1) how experiencing food insecurity in emerging adulthood is related to diet quality, food literacy, home food availability, and other health risk behaviors; (2) how past year experiences of food insecurity are related to emerging adults’ experiences of neighborhood safety and discrimination during COVID-19; and (3) resources that are most needed by food insecure emerging adults to help them gain access to healthy foods and maintain their overall health during a public health emergency. The session will conclude with an overall discussion of food assistance programs that serve young people and strategies that have been identified for promoting healthy eating through food banks, food pantries, and meal programs.
Bring to Class:
Online via Zoom, link will be sent via email prior to the class
Registration Cutoff Date: