Who Can Afford Organic Kale on the Minimum Wage?

Income Has a Huge Impact on a Person's Health—And it Will Take More Than Exercise and Good Nutrition to Change That

It’s no secret that how much money you make can affect how healthy you are. At an event co-sponsored by the California Wellness Foundation, the audience in a packed auditorium at MOCA Grand Avenue learned the difference in life expectancy between people living in Los Angeles’ richest and poorest neighborhoods is a jaw-dropping 10 to 12 years.

“We associate this type of disparity with third world countries,” said Roshan Bastani, director of UCLA’s Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. “We don’t realize the same thing is happening in our own backyard.”

Bastani was joined by LaVonna Lewis of the USC Price School of Public Policy and Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating for a discussion about the broad social and economic forces that limit low-income Americans’ access to the organic vegetables and yoga classes enjoyed by wealthier people. …

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