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Will Philly Be Known for Healthy Produce Instead of Cheesesteaks?

November 27, 2013
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Will Philly Be Known for Healthy Produce Instead of Cheesesteaks?
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The first food most people would associate with Philadelphia is the cheesesteak—tasty and popular, but not exactly nutritious. Philly isn’t quite known for its fruits and vegetables, but Healthy Corner Store Initiative, is the nation’s biggest city-wide effort to bring healthy foods to convenient stores. The proactive initiative requires store owners to take small, low-risk steps toward stocking healthier items, meant to protect and support the business as it transforms from a source of sugary drinks and salty snacks to an easier source of nutritious foods. Not only has the successful partnership with the city department of health and local philanthropy Food Trust helped grow the program to over 600 stores in the city—it has also reached out to nearby Norristown, Penn., and over the bridge to Camden, N.J., to consult on similar programs for cities with similar struggles.

 

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