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8 in 10 Ohio adults say it’s easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood; income a key factor

Apr 4, 2018

The most recent Ohio Health Issues Poll found that a majority of Ohio adults (81%) agree that it is easy to buy healthy foods in
their neighborhood.

However, responses vary by income. Nearly 9 in 10 Ohio adults in households earning more than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (87%) agree. That compares with fewer than 8 in 10 adults in households earning 200% FPG or less (77%).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who eat a healthy diet are less likely to be overweight or obese and have a reduced risk of several chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It can be more difficult to eat a healthy diet if these foods are not available nearby.

“A healthy diet is a significant contributor to good health,” says O’dell Moreno Owens, M.D., M.P.H., President/CEO, Interact for Health. “To eat a healthy diet, it is crucial for people have access to healthy food such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat items.”

Cost and distance a barrier for some

OHIP asked those adults who did not agree that it was easy to buy healthy foods in their neighborhood the main reason that it is difficult. Cost (44%) or distance (45%) were most frequently cited as the main barrier to buying healthy foods. Some had stores nearby but those stores had limited selection of produce and healthy foods; others did not have nearby stores.

More information about Ohioans' healthy eating habits, and other topics, is available at

About the Ohio Health Issues Poll

The 2017 Ohio Health Issues Poll is funded by Interact for Health. OHIP was conducted June 18 to July 30, 2017, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 836 adults from throughout Ohio was interviewed by telephone. This included 430 landline telephone interviews and 406 cell phone interviews. In 95 of 100 cases, statewide estimates will be accurate to ± 3.4%. There are other sources of variation inherent in public opinion studies, such as non-response, question wording, or context effects that can introduce error or bias. For more information about the Ohio Health Issues Poll, please visit

About Interact for Health

Interact for Health builds healthy communities for all people. We serve as a catalyst for health and wellness by promoting healthy living through grants, education, research, policy and engagement. Interact for Health is an independent foundation that serves 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. More information is available on our website,

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