Improving health by improving diet

Category: News | Posted on: April 3rd, 2015

By Lynn Arditi
, Providence Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A nonprofit organization has received a $100,000 federal grant to bring a mobile fresh fruit and vegetable market into low-income and underserved neighborhoods in an effort to improve residents’ eating habits.

The Rhode Island Public Health Institute, based at Brown University’s School of Public Health, will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant money to expand “Rhody Food on the Move,” a program designed to improve public health by bringing discounted fresh fruits and vegetables year-round into so-called food deserts, where the program’s researchers say there is little affordable fresh food, and “food swamps,’’ where fast-food restaurants dominate. The markets will also provide nutrition education and cooking demonstrations.

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