Healthy food tests budget

Charles Sturt University lecturer Jackie Priestly says nutritous foods could be  too costly for low-income families in far west NSW.

Charles Sturt University lecturer Jackie Priestly says nutritous foods could be too costly for low-income families in far west NSW.

CHARLES Sturt University (CSU) research has found a basic healthy diet can cost up to one-third of some families’ income support payments, shining new light on food stress in far west NSW.

The research conducted through CSU’s School of Dentistry and Health Sciences examined how easy it was for people to buy enough food to meet their nutritional requirements for good health.

Results are based on a 2014 survey of grocery and fresh fruit and vegetable stores across the Far West Local Health District.

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