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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

05/26/15: Food Deserts; 'Florida Frontiers' Host Ben Brotemarkle; Waterproof Jacksonville

According to census data, a little over half of the five-county First Coast's population live in food deserts, areas without easy access to grocery stores or fresh, healthy foods. The American Heart Association is currently pursuing state-level financing programs that would help address this issue for the First Coast and other affected communities in Florida by helping retailers set up shop in these areas. We discuss ways of improving access to healthy foods with Dr. Catherine Christie, Associate Dean and Nutrition Graduate Program Director at UNF Brooks College of Health, and Frank Cobbin, Jr., advocate and American Heart Association board member.

In our America's First City segment, "Florida Frontiers" host and Florida Historical Society executive director Ben Brotemarkle joins us with a look at a few little-known pieces of St. Augustine history.

And we learn how the public-private partnership Waterproof Jacksonville is working to lower ending accidental drownings on the First Coast by providing free swim lessons. Terrell Hogan attorney Wayne Hogan and Pam Roman of the City of Jacksonville join us.

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