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ST Medical Monday: Katie Plohocky and Her Various Efforts to Combat Local Food Deserts

Aired on Monday, June 13th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa Medical Monday, an interesting chat with Katie Plohocky, who is one of the founders of the locally based Healthy Community Store Initiative. This organization, as noted at its tulsarealgoodfood.org website, was formed "to address the food desert problem in Tulsa, Oklahoma.... [By way of] horticulture, community gardening, nutrition and cooking demonstrations, retail operations, policy advocacy, and community projects...the Healthy Community Store Initiative intends to integrate programing and solutions, from farm to landfill, to rebuild the bridges linking the distribution points of our local food system. Today, we have six programs built on that integration, piloting viable solutions and working with partners to create economic opportunities in vulnerable communities." Plohocky talks about some of these vitally important programs on our show today, including the Real Good Food Truck, which is a mobile grocery store that makes more than a dozen stops per week in various Tulsa neighborhoods that lack a nearby supermarket. This truck aims to bring fresh produce, quality meats, and other useful items -- many of them locally grown or created -- directly to the so-called "food deserts" in our community. In doing so, this initiative also aims to promote healthier, more nutritious eating habits among all who come in contact with it.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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