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Food insecurity: A healthy diet costs a B.C. family $1,263 a month last year, says report

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People and households on low incomes, especially those on income or disability assistance, can't afford a healthy diet after paying rent View this email in your browser VANCOUVER M e Curated by Lynn Mitges Good evening and welcome to your weekday health update. Getty Images   Nutrition   Food insecurity: A healthy diet cost a B.C. family $1,263 a month last year, says report A B.C. family of four needed over $1,250 a month to feed themselves a nutritious diet last year, an amount too rich for many trying to get by on low and modest incomes. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) released the Food Costing in B.C. 2022 report on Thursday, calling out food insecurity as a “significant public health issue” in the province. The data showed a nutritious diet for a family of four in May and June last year was $1,263 per month — an amount that families and individuals living on low incomes are unlikely to be able to afford. “The price of food does not affect everyone equally and the root cause of household food insecurity is low incomes,” said Dr. Geoff McKee, director of population and public health at the BCCDC. Read more VANCOUVER SUN LT Covering the issues that matter to you. ST s4uvm DON'T isS 0uT Getty Images   Diagnosis   What is fatty liver disease? How do I know if I have it? Fatty liver disease is a condition in which normal tissue in the liver is replaced by fat. About 1 in 5 Americans has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD. Unlike alcoholic liver disease, it isn’t associated with increased alcohol use. NAFLD is closely linked to obesity and metabolic abnormalities, such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance and elevated triglycerides. With rates of risk factors like obesity continuing to rise, including in childhood, about 100 million people in the United States are projected to have NAFLD by 2030. The condition tends to runs in families, and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately affected. Read more From our partners at Healthing.ca • After stroke, 1 in 3 at risk of developing dementia within five years • Stomach cancer, stroke, problems with pregnancy all linked to poor oral health Jason Payne/PNG   Fitness   Are you ready? The Grouse Grind hiking trail opens Saturday  Metro Vancouver’s popular Grouse Grind Trail will open Saturday for the season. The hours for the strenuous hike will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. The trail starts at 300 metres elevation and climbs to 1,100 m over 2.5 kilometres. Metro vice-chairman John McEwen said most of the snow that remained on the trail has melted following recent hot weather, making conditions safe. In a news release, Metro staff urged hikers to be prepared by wearing appropriate footwear and clothing, as well as bringing water, food and a cellphone. Staff advise people with any health issues, like high blood pressure, or breathing problems such as asthma, not to attempt the steep climb.  Read more Headlines • Snowing in May? No that's cottonwood seed flying around Metro Vancouver but it likely won't bother allergy sufferers • B.C. to build new cancer centre in Kamloops Have a thought you'd like to share? Send your feedback to [email protected] Sign up for more Vancouver Sun newsletters here Print subscribers: A reminder to visit vancouversun.com/mysubscription to: · Access your account online 24/7 to manage your payments and delivery service · Activate your complimentary access to vancouversun.com and nationalpost.com, included with your home delivery subscription © May 26 2023 Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. 365 Bloor St East, Toronto, ON, M4W 3L4 You received this email because you are subscribed to Vancouver Sun or The Province Newsletter, registered as [email protected] • • • Contact us • Digital Ad Registry © May 26 2023 Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved.  
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