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First Lady Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" Campaign highlighted a Washington State project, Healthy Foods Here, in a recent blog post. The project is part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative funded in King County through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Public Health – Seattle & King County is working with 55 community partners.
Healthy Foods Here works with business owners in “food deserts” where residents have limited access to healthy foods. High Point neighborhood residents met with staff in their nearby Walgreens to persuade them to offer fruit, vegetables and juices for sale. When sales of the healthy foods proved to be good for business, Walgreens responded by expanding their offerings.
Other regional projects supported by Public Health - Seattle & King County include the healthy corner store project in the Delridge neighborhood of Seattle. This is part of the King County Food and Fitness Initiative funded by the Kellogg Foundation. Delridge neighborhood partners approached store owners to ask them to add more fresh items to their shelves and are planning to expand to several stores in the next few years.
According to technical assistance consultant Kara Martin, initiatives like Healthy Foods Here pave the way for collaboration between public health, economic development and urban planning. Communities traditionally plan for business, transportation and parking without planning where residents will be able to purchase food, especially healthy food.
The National Healthy Corner Stores Network provides webinars and resources to help anyone set on bringing healthy food retail to their area.
Public Health-Seattle & King County, and more than 55 community partners.
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