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Letter: Suffolk's right to add healthy food

To eat healthy, try incorporating colorful foods into

To eat healthy, try incorporating colorful foods into your diet. Credit: iStock

Today's obesity epidemic and rising health care costs are only part of the reason why the Suffolk County food bill is a step in the right direction ["Suffolk food legislation is a nanny-state recipe," Editorial, Aug. 7].

Another side to this story is that there is a growing consumer demand for healthy food. Currently, billions of dollars are being spent on organic food, and the number of farmers markets and other community-supported agriculture is on the rise. This reflects people's desire to eat healthier. How can consumers and constituents achieve good health if their surroundings do not support it?

If our public places cannot be havens for wellness, then it stands to reason that our legislators should support the public in its efforts to achieve sound health. How can we reach this elusive ideal of healthy living if we are inundated with poor food choices?

It's simple: by surrounding ourselves with positive environments such as healthy places to eat and be active. What is so wrong about being able to purchase a kale salad at beach concessions? Perhaps the Suffolk County food bill should not be looked at as government policing, but rather as public servants serving.

Iman Marghoob, Mount Sinai

Editor's note: The writer is a registered dietitian.