11 Jun '12, 2pm

Philadelphia invests in fresh food to fight obesity – but will it work?

Philadelphia invests in fresh food to fight obesity – but will it work?

Photo (of a store in NYC) by sodapop on Flickr. Thirty-two-point-six percent of the residents of Philadelphia are obese — a staggering figure, and a higher percentage than any other large city in America. To address the issue, the city has committed $900,000 to a program that would expand access to healthful food at small, local convenience stores. (We wrote about Philadelphia’s efforts last August.) Selecting some 600 of its 2,500 corner stores to receive funding — and refrigeration systems — the city aims to make fresh fruits and vegetables available in communities that are currently labeled food deserts . The Washington Post ‘s Wonkblog spoke to Philadelphians about the program — and have seen some early signs that people are taking advantage of the produce. Anecdotal reports from shop owners suggest that sales of fresh produce have indeed increased alongside the surge ...

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