The Kroger in Over-the-Rhine, Ohio, underwent a $2.3 million renovation project, which some say signals revitalization and offers real-tangible to residents. The renovation was "an attempt ... to get this neighborhood developed," said Bob Hodge, president of Kroger's 100-store division in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton.
Public policy experts are calling on the government to get involved in fighting obesity the same way it has successfully campaigned against smoking and drunk driving. Their proposals include mandatory physical education in schools, higher taxes on snack foods and more walkable cities.
Despite heavy promotion of fruits and vegetables as healthy parts of a balanced diet, Americans have only slightly increased their consumption of these foods over the past decade. Some find a genetic disposition against some vegetables, and others have long-held mental connections to vegetables in their childhood or when used as a diet aid, making them less attractive than fatty or sugary foods.
The slow road to economic recovery has confounded the nation's top economists since output is up but unemployment remains widespread. The result is the most protracted job market downturn since the Great Depression.