I’m not talking about what you had for lunch.  I’m talking about the number of people…right in here in American who do not access to fresh and heathy food all due to where they live.

23.5 million Americans live in food deserts—making it impossible for them to get fresh healthy food.   So, what’s available to people who live in food deserts?  Fast food outlets, corner stores and quickie markets which provide a wealth of processed, sugar, and fat laden foods that are known contributors to our nation’s obesity epidemic.   This epidemic leads to other health issues including high blood pressure, diabetes and sadly a much shorter life all due to their where the call home.

UpLift works with businesses across the country to improve access to food by bringing supermarkets, co-operatives, farmers markets and healthy corner stores to underserved communities.  Our expertise provides the tools to develop successful food businesses in the places that need them most.

This is the first in a series of blogs from UpLift.  Our mission-to build strong communities and social equity by increasing access to food, healthcare, nutrition education and capital in underserved communities.  In our monthly blogs, you’ll hear about the four programs powered by UpLift which include:

  • Sustainable Food Solutions
  • Health Solutions
  • Financial Solutions
  • Workforce Solutions

All programs support the one main goal: to create access to fresh healthy food and nutrition education for low income communities.

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Contact Audrey Fish

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UpLift: Health Solutions Dietitians Making a Real Difference in Underserved Communities in Philadelphia

Westville, NJ March 8, 2017– There is a growth in the number of consumers, living in underserved communities, who are seeking a healthier lifestyle with the help of in-store dietician. Since 2015, the numbers have increased from 38 to 101 (166% increase) and an increase in the amount of total interactions from shoppers from 89 to 302 (239% increase). This evidently demonstrates that since UpLift: Health Solutions’ implementation, there is a significant increase in the amount of shoppers that are seeing the dietician.

Those shoppers that saw the dietician had an increase in the amount spent per week from $32.76 to $33.82 (3.24% increase) and an increase in the amount of trips made per week to the supermarket from 0.92 to 1.11 (20.65% increase). Those that did not see a dietician show a decrease in the amount of money spent per week from $16.19 to $11.60 (28.35%) and a decrease in the amount of trips per week from 0.38 to 0.28 (26.32% decrease).

“As the place where people choose products that affect their diets and nutrition, our in-store dietitians have created access to nutrition support and education for underserved communities and the results have been extremely positive for the consumers and our clients.”-Atif Bostic, Uplift’s Executive Director.

UpLift’s Health Solutions launched in 2015 and provides store tours, cooking demonstrations, nutrition workshops and one-on-one nutrition advice all at no change. Additionally, dietitians take biometric readings for case managed patients and track prescribed diet adherence and health changes. The program creates access to nutrition support and education through instore dietitians within supermarkets with a goal to improve health outcomes.

The health solutions wellness program provides Customized plans, group classes and direct support. Our participants lose weight, reduce blood pressure and glucose levels and report an increase in energy to further endorse Food is Medicine -Victoria Della Rocca RD, LDN-Uplift’s Director of Health Innovations.

UpLift, to sustain, heal, inspire and prepare; is a national consultancy that supports food businesses, governments, nonprofits, healthcare systems and more to create access to food, access to healthcare and access to capital in underserved communities.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Audrey Fish at 856.471.2008 or email at

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