Building a supermarket in a food desert is only the first step

02/11/2014 | National Public Radio

Building a brand-new grocery store stocked with healthy fruits and vegetables in a food desert isn't enough to spur better eating habits among the neighborhood's low-income residents, a recent survey found. "The next part of the intervention is to create demand," says Alex Ortega, a public health researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. In East Los Angeles, Ortega directs a project started by UCLA that has turned corner stores into healthy food centers with educational materials and cooking classes that teach residents how to prepare the healthier foods they can now buy.

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