Lehigh Valley Health Network and Rodale Institute Partner to Address Food Insecurity
Today, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced a partnership with Rodale Institute’s Mobile Market to assist in their initiative to increase access to healthy food in the greater Lehigh Valley. The Mobile Market is a portable farm stand that brings organic produce to food deserts — places that otherwise lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition to produce, patrons will receive cooking tips and educational materials about nutrition.
“People may think of Lehigh Valley Health Network when they get sick or injured, but we think about the members of our community far before that point,” said Eric Bean, DO, Medical Director of LVHN Community Health. “We mean it when we say we’re a health partner, and that includes preventative care and helping people maintain healthy living. Our commitment to the community is what lead to our partnership with Rodale Institute.”
Rodale Institute, the global leader in organic agriculture, began the Mobile Market initiative to address the rising number of food-related health issues in the greater Lehigh Valley. “It’s impossible to have a healthy diet without access to healthy food,” said Jeff Moyer, executive director of Rodale Institute. “By partnering with Lehigh Valley Health Network, we are tackling the issue of food insecurity with a well-rounded approach.”
The Mobile Market will kick off its LVHN tour on Sept. 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest. While at LVH-Cedar Crest (Sept. 5 and Oct. 3), people can view live cooking demonstrations from noon-1 p.m. The full schedule is below.
Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
1200 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18103Sept. 5 and Oct. 3 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
* Live cooking demonstration noon-1 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Health Network–Mack Boulevard
2100 Mack Boulevard
Allentown, PA 18105Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Health Network–One City Center
707 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18101
Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg
2545 Schoenersville Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18017Sept. 26 and Oct. 24 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
LVHN regularly assesses communities' needs through the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). CHNA examines the factors that impact the health and wellness of all the people living in the counties LVHN serves. Based on the findings of the 2019 CHNA, LVHN created an implementation plan that included a commitment to address food insecurity and promote better eating habits.
LVHN physicians and advanced practice clinicians (APC) met with Rodale’s Moyer to discuss how organic agriculture benefits human and environmental health. “Our partnership has already provided us with opportunities to better understand agricultural systems and how they impact climate change, human health, and biodiversity,” Bean said. “Nutritious food is healthcare and we are excited to see what the future holds as we find new ways work together to impact the community.”