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July 23, 2022

Hunger and Poor Nutrition
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How bad are hunger and poor nutrition in America? Unfortunatley, they are worse than ever, according to a recent study. Unhealthy food choices are a key factor. Then, retirement may cost more than you think, with healthcare and taxes taking big bites. We'll hear from an expert.
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The Intersection between hunger and poor food choices
Hunger and poor nutrition in the U.S. may be far worse than previously understood. Michelle Kaiser, PhD Assistant Professor of Social Work, Ohio State University led a study that examined the intersection between hunger and the types of foods found at nearby stores. She said almost a third of the households they studied were food insecure, and more than 16 percent had very low food security, meaning they were skipping meals, at risk for experiencing hunger and suffering health problems as a result. She outlined what steps can be taken to reverse this trend.
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The Rising Cost of Retiring
Christine Benz
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Financial Apps
63% of U.S. adults who use a smartphone have at least one financial app, according to a recent Bankrate.com report. Robert Barba, Senior Analyst at Bankrate.com said while Millennials use them the most, the Gen X and Baby Boom generations also are heavy users. He talked about the potential security concerns, and why banks are so strongly motivated to get their customers to try banking apps.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Michelle Kaiser, Ph.D.
My research is rooted in social and environmental justice. I research ways communities can ensure a safe, affordable, healthy food supply for all residents using sustainable models that also address health and food access disparities. I come from a social work and public health perspective, but cannot imagine my work without expertise from other fields. I have worked with geographers, policy analysts, sociologists, dietitians, public health workers, non-profit and government agencies, community developers, ag economists, and much more. I hope to combine my passion for the work with research to truly make a difference in Ohio and across the globe.

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Christine Benz
Christine Benz is Morningstar's director of personal finance and author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances and the Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds: 5-Star Strategies for Success.

Follow Christine on Twitter: @christine_benz