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Convenient Grocery Stores Don't Encourage Healthful Eating

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Government programs aimed at improving access to healthy foods in low income areas have failed to change dietary habits and obesity rates.

These initiatives have increased the number of supermarkets in urban areas to give residents a chance to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. But a four year study of one low income area in Philadelphia found just half of nearby residents used the new store at all, and only 27-percent shopped there regularly.

The supermarket also had no impact on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption ... Or reducing obesity.  Researchers say these new stores need to be combined with price promotions and branding to encourage healthy shopping.


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