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Karina Christiansen is pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at Johns Hopkins University while working for the Baltimore Healthy Eating Zones project. After graduating in 2007 from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, she was awarded a research scholarship to study a local issue of social injustice. She chose to work with a community agency to grow a container garden with children in a low-income neighborhood, while studying the larger social and health implications of the limited access to healthy food in low-income urban areas.

Since October 2007 she has been working as a research program supervisor for Dr. Joel Gittelsohn at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health on projects to address the lack of healthy food in corner stores in Baltimore City. Those projects include Baltimore Healthy Stores and Baltimore Healthy Eating Zones, a program aimed at increasing access to healthy foods for kids and their families in neighborhoods around City Recreation Centers. The projects will start in-store activities by the end of the summer, and she will blog about their progress.

Research Program Supervisor, Baltimore Healthy Stores + Baltimore Healthy Eating Zones