Program Highlights

Good Magazine highlights the Phildelphia Healthy Corner Store Initiative

July 25, 2013 in News, News & Events

Full link about the corner store redesign here.

Read about the Mass in Motion Healthy Market Program

July 15, 2013 in News, News & Events

The Mass in Motion Healthy Market Program works with local convenience store owners to make healthy, affordable food and drink options available to customers. By offering and promoting healthy options, the Healthy Market Program makes it easier for residents in these neighborhoods to eat better.

Read more about the program, and check out this news clip about one store in the program!


New healthy convenience store projects in Sacramento, CA!

July 12, 2013 in News & Events

With funding from The California Endowment, Alchemist CDC is working in partnership with several other Sacramento-based non-profits to improve access to healthy foods in the south area of Sacramento (from Oak Park, south to 47th Ave., between Franklin Boulevard and Power Inn Road).

Read more here!

News Highlight for the Healthy Corners Program in Washington D.C.

July 8, 2013 in News, News & Events

Feeding not just food, but good food: Agencies in the District focus on nutrition as they fight food insecurity.

Read the full news article about the Healthy Corners Program in Washington D.C.

Truly healthier ‘hoods?

July 18, 2012 in News, News & Events

Northeast Times Star, July 18, 2012.

Several of Philadelphia’s nutrition initiatives, including its Healthy Corner Stores Initiative, are profiled in this article. Currently 630 stores are participating in the program by adding at least four new healthy items to their shelves. One of Philadelphia’s healthy corner stores is profiled. The store owner interviewed reports that so far the healthy food has sold well: “People are very happy…More children are choosing grapes and watermelon and stuff.”

Kansas C-stores Join Salt Reduction Efforts

May 23, 2012 in News, News & Events

Convenience Store News, May 23, 2012.

The Shawnee County Health Agency in Topeka, Kansas, is working with convenience stores to reduce the community’s salt intake. In October 2012, the CDC awarded the state of Kansas a Sodium Reduction in Communities grant to work with Shawnee county. Grants were also awarded to New York City; Los Angeles; the state of California, to work with Shasta County; and the state of New York, to work with Broome and Schenectady counties. A Shawnee county public health educator said many convenience stores were resistant to participating at first, saying that customers don’t usually ask for low-sodium foods. But the stores that were interested in participating have been very enthusiastic about the process. Now, more than a dozen stores are participating in the project. The stores feature a stand-alone rack filled with healthy, low-sodium snack options near the front of the store. The organizers of the project will provide the racks, promotional signs, technical assistance, and advertising.

Bodegas Become Frontlines Against Obesity

May 10, 2012 in News, News & Events

New Hampshire Public Radio, May 10, 2012.

This radio piece features Manchester Healthy Corner Stores, a pilot project organized by the Manchester Department of Public Health in  New Hampshire. The project encourages bodegas to sell healthier foods, and to display these options prominently. A professional grocery consultant offered free advice to participating store owners, as part of the project. One of the challenges so far has been to figure out how to convince customers to buy healthier foods when they are surrounded by so many more unhealthy options.

The Healthy Corner Stores project is just one aspect of the public health department’s bigger plan to make Manchester more livable; it is also working to transform the built environment in a way that encourages people to be more active, adding crosswalks and installing traffic calming measures.

What Will Make The Food Desert Bloom?

May 1, 2012 in News, News & Events

All Things Considered, National Public Radio. May 1, 2012.

Listen to this story profiling The Food Trust’s healthy corner store work in Philadelphia. The idea of improving access to healthy foods to people living in food deserts has gotten a lot of attention lately. But community food activists understand “it takes a combination of access, innovation, and education to change peoples’ habits for the better.” The Food Trust has helped bring supermarkets to underserved areas, and is working with hundreds of corner stores to stock and promote healthy choices:

“On several store racks, there are signs that rate products green, yellow, or red, based on how nutritious they are. And there are flashy little cards with recipes for how to use some of the most nutritious ingredients. Each of these meals should feed a family of four and cost about five dollars.”

The story highlights the complexity of changing food habits.

County effort helps convenience get healthier

April 30, 2012 in News, News & Events


Program works to put fruit, veggies in small stores to encourage better habits

The Columbian, April 30, 2012.

Clark County Public Health’s Healthy Neighborhood Store program in Vancouver, Washington, helps small stores sell fresh produce, to encourage people to eat healthier. One participating store owner wasn’t sure the program would work at first, but says customers are now starting to buy the fresh fruits and vegetables, and that his stock rarely spoils before it’s sold.

Now that the pilot project is over, Clark County has seven more stores lined up to participate. The program is funded by Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control. Stores will receive tips, signs, and posters, but are in charge of purchasing and selling the foods on their own. The program is being designed so that store owners can customize the program to best fit the needs of their own customers.

Conquering Food Deserts with Green Carts

April 18, 2012 in News, News & Events

New York Times, April 18, 2012.

New York City’s Green Carts Initiative is part of the city’s strategy–along with its Healthy Bodegas Initiative–to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables in underserved areas. “Since 2008, the city has made provisions to authorize 1,000 new permits for street vendors who can sell only raw fruits and vegetables in areas of the city that have been designated as in need of them.” A new film, The Apple Pushers, explores the challenges these vendors face. Becoming a vendor of a mobile cart is less expensive than the start up costs for opening a brick and mortar store, and vendors can access low interest loans. Successful vendors tend to be resourceful, able to secure a good location, and build relationships with their customers. Other cities across the country are considering starting similar programs. The article goes on to describe other strategies for improving access to healthy foods in underserved areas.