GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi and Alcorn State University will feature free and discounted locally grown produce for consumers in Gulfport as part of the "Farm to Fork" campaign.
Mississippi was ranked last in the nation for overall health, according to the 2013 America's Health Rankings report.
"Farm to Fork" was developed to address this issue and provide people who are at-risk of obesity, heart disease, and certain cancers, with a good start to healthier eating.
Healthy and nutritious food can be difficult to access in some geographical areas. Because of this, UnitedHealthcare partnered with ASU to distribute farm fresh produce to community residents in food deserts across the state.
The alliance between ASU and UnitedHealthcare brings preventative health to the forefront and gives members the option of eating healthy by offering the produce at low or no cost.
The campaign will stop in Gulfport. They will be at Coastal Family Health Center Monday, September 29, 2014 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. The center is located at 15024 Martin Luther King Boulevard in Gulfport, Mississippi.