At Inspira, we’re invested in the health and wellbeing of our local community. That’s why we provide an array of innovative tools and resources to help fight obesity and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
Our Approach to Food and Diet
Every year, millions of households in the U.S. experience food insecurity—a lack of consistent access to enough nutritious food for a healthy, active life. Despite South Jersey being home to an abundance of farmland and agricultural hubs, Inspira’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) found that residents of Salem, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties are facing a food environment that makes it difficult to eat a healthy diet.
Inspira’s goal for this community initiative is to increase South Jersey residents’ access to healthy food that can improve their quality of life. South Jersey residents may be close to convenience stores and fast food restaurants, but many have to travel long distances to grocery stores compared to other places in the country. Increasing access to nutritious food by addressing issues such as poverty and lack of transportation helps us fight obesity and resolve related health complications, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Food and Diet Resources in Our Community
Inspira is committed to providing nutrition education, resources and services for residents and families, including:
- Food Farmacy: A free resource for patients experiencing food insecurity that provides food, nutrition education and grocery food delivery for those who don’t have transportation.
- School-based Food Pantry Sponsorship: Provides funds to local food banks to support monthly food distributions at schools
- Healthy Habits Program: A program where registered dietitians bring key health and nutrition information to school students
- Education for Daily Living: Teaching children in our Inpatient Behavioral Health department skills to plan and prepare meals
We understand the challenges of healthy eating, and our registered dietitians will work with you to develop a wellness strategy based on your needs.