Our Health Crisis

Many Prince Georgians are in poor health. Compared to their neighbors, they are less likely to exercise, more likely to smoke, and more likely to be overweight or obese.

Many Prince Georgians also do not have convenient access to a range of food options. Approximately 100,000 County residents lived in food deserts in 2010, defined as low-income census tracts where a significant share or number of residents are more than one mile (in urban settings) or ten miles (in rural settings) from the nearest supermarket (Source: USDA). The majority of food deserts (approximately 73%) are concentrated inside the Capital Beltway.