Minneapolis corner stores gets healthy makeover

10:59 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - It's an extreme makeover, let's call it the "convenient store edition."

"We're trying to make fresh produce more accessible and visible to customers," said Nora Hoeft, a health specialist with the city of Minneapolis.

The initiative is called The Corner Store Project, an effort to make sure healthy foods and snacks are visible, accessible, and affordable at convenient stores across the city.

"We'd like to make it more of a grocery shopping experience," says Hoeft. "If we can bring produce to the forefront it will begin to change behavior."

Hoeft, along with staff from Appetite for Change, rearranged shelves Friday placing foods like tomatoes, bananas and apples in areas that can be seen and quickly picked up for a "grab and go" snack.

"There are people in north Minneapolis who don't have transportation and rely on corner stores for staple items," said Michelle Horovitz with Appetite for Change. "We want to make sure there are items here to make a salad or other recipes."

The project has reached 28 corner stores in Minneapolis and uses funds from the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

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