February 16, 2012 in News
February 16, 2012. Eastern Group Publications, Inc.
“I like the way this is set up. I like the convenience. When you see pretty fruits and vegetables you just want to come,” — Diana Razo, 50, a long time East Los Angeles resident who lives across the street from the newly transformed market. The Ramirez Meat Market is the second corner store to be renovated to offer healthier foods, with the help of UCLA and USC researchers and community members. This project was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
November 14, 2011 in Tools
The Market Makeovers website is “a dynamic, user-friendly online toolkit about the process of transforming small corner stores to carry healthier food choices.” It focuses on the work of the South L.A. Healthy Eating Active Community Initiative and the group Public Matters. It includes resources describing how to do a corner store makeover, information about food deserts in L.A., and over 100 videos created primarily by youth. The site is described as “a way for everyone to dialogue, post and exchange questions and information.”
September 6, 2010 in News
Southern California Public Radio, September 6, 2010. This radio clip features a panel discussion about why some neighborhoods in Los Angeles have an abundance of grocery stores while others rely heavily on corner stores. Representatives from Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) describe market makeovers that they have organized in L.A. neighborhoods. They decided to target corner stores because those are the stores that already exist in many neighborhoods. A representative from a community redevelopment agency describes that organization’s efforts to make façade improvements and help stores purchase equipment (refrigerators) for storing perishable goods. Also, a HEAC youth ambassador describes the process of doing a market makeover in her own community.
December 18, 2008 in News
Associated Press, December 18, 2008. This article profiles high school students in South L.A. who are making neighborhood corner stores healthier, as part of the Healthy Eating, Active Communities program. Discusses the history of grocery store abandonment of L.A.