Building a space to cultivate and celebrate mindful habits.
76105 has some of the lowest mortality rates in Texas. Many of the neighborhoods within these zip codes lie within an identified USDA food desert or are considered low-access areas. Nearly all of the restaurants are fast food, making southeast Fort Worth a “food swamp” as well, which is defined as an area with a high number of high-energy, low nutrient foods. In this 34.8 square mile area, there are just two (2) grocery stores, and more than 100 convenience stores selling mostly unhealthy snacks, tobacco, and alcohol. High poverty and lack of economic opportunity contribute to food access and basic needs insecurity issues.
Access to healthy food is limited and traveling to local markets can be difficult for residents limited to public transit options. The journey to a healthy lifestyle can often be stigmatized. For many communities, the choice to adopt a plant-based lifestyle can result in losing their social circles. Social practices that prioritize and celebrate health are difficult to find and are not always representative of the unique cultures present in Fort Worth.
Reflecting on community feedback and recognizing the importance of social support in an individual's journey to adopt a healthier lifestyle, CoAct is creating the Mindful Market at Texas Wesleyan University to explore and cultivate mindful practices for the diverse communities that represent Southeast Fort Worth.
Our goal is to stimulate a local economy focused on wellness and develop resources to empower others with the capacity to build community centered spaces to improve longevity.
1) Create a space that is responsive to community needs.
2) Introduce mindful habits that align to the diverse cultures of Fort Worth.
3) Stimulate economies around community wellness.
4) Create resources to aid in the development of future wellness markets.
This project would not have been possible without support from the following partners and funders.