Mari talks about Food Desert awareness and solutions, negligence regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the unapologetic basics of improving public health through "Truth in Data for the Common Good." Mari Gallagher is principal of Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group, a firm whose expertise includes "going green", immigration, health and wellness projects, and -- of course -- food deserts. She is the author of Examining the Impact of Food Deserts on Public Health in Chicago, a breakthrough study which popularized the term "food desert" across the country, and currently writes for the Huffington Post. Venues that have featured her findings include CNN, National Public Radio, Salon.com, USA Today, The Economist, The Chicago Tribune and The Detroit Free Press. What is TEDx? In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxWINDYCITY, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxWINDYCITY event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.
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