Consumers are more confident about healthy eating as pandemic impacts wane, study says

Dive Brief:

  • Consumers have become confident about healthy eating, with about two thirds saying they can easily find information about a product’s nutrition on the package and 73% saying they are confident that they can choose healthy foods, according to the International Food Information Council’s 2021 Food & Health Survey. Two-thirds are interested in learning more about the role of food and nutrients in immune health, and food is the most common source for them to get several nutrients.
  • Clean labels are also very important to consumers, with more than half interested in food that does not have chemical-sounding
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Seed Money: Black Entrepreneurs Hope Pandemic Gardening Boom Will Grow Healthier Eating

DENVER — Ietef Vita had planned to spend most of 2020 on the road, promoting “Biomimicz,” the album the rapper had released on his #plantbasedrecords label in January. Vita, known to his fans as “DJ Cavem Moetavation” and “Chef Ietef,” had those plans unexpectedly cut short.


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“We were in Berkeley, California, on Feb. 29, playing there and literally got out of town right before they shut the whole country down,” recalled Vita, 34, who has performed for the Obamas and is widely

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Black-Owned Seed Companies Grow During Pandemic, Hope To Promote Healthy Eating : Shots

Ietef “DJ Cavem Moetavation” Vita plants seeds with daughter Libya LeaDonvita in the garden at their home outside Denver. Vita is among a growing list of Black gardening enthusiasts-turned-entrepreneurs across the country who’ve launched seed businesses during the pandemic-inspired gardening boom.

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Ietef “DJ Cavem Moetavation” Vita plants seeds with daughter Libya LeaDonvita in the garden at their home outside Denver. Vita is among a growing list of Black gardening enthusiasts-turned-entrepreneurs across the country who’ve launched seed businesses during the pandemic-inspired gardening boom.

Rachel Woolf for KHN

Ietef Vita

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Beating pandemic blues with blueberry dalgona coffee

Watching viral videos of dalgona coffee — and creating my own version of the whipped beverage — broke me out of a coronavirus-induced slump.

Like many other people at the beginning of the pandemic, I suffered from increased anxiety and depression when the world shut down and the threat of COVID-19 overwhelmed me.

As a reporter suddenly thrown into covering the virus, I felt trapped in an endless cycle of reading and writing about it. My workdays bled into the nights and weekends as “doomscrolling” social media for news about coronavirus encroached on my life.

At my worst, I spent

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Greater Lowell Community Foundation promotes healthy eating during pandemic

LOWELL — As COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity all around the region, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation has made it a priority to help the hungry put more healthy food on the table.

By providing recent grants to two local organizations — Mill City Grows in Lowell, and Gaining Ground in Concord — the GLCF is improving community access to organic fruits and vegetables during the pandemic through its COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund grants.

“These incredible nonprofit partners aim to increase the quality and quantity of fresh produce available to emergency-food programs in Greater Lowell,” said Jay Linnehan, GLCF president

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Durham nonprofit pivots to provide free healthy food during pandemic

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Thankfully, the nonprofit and volunteer organizations in the Triangle have so far met the need to feed families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That includes the Produce Prescription Program run by Reinvestment Partners in Durham, which was providing nutritious food before the pandemic and hopes to find funding to continue long afterward.

Vegetables are a part of most healthy diets, especially diets prescribed by doctors.

And that’s why prior to the pandemic the Durham nonprofit program used referrals from doctors at free clinics to provide vouchers for fruits and vegetables.

“Historically we’ve run it through clinics where

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