March is National Nutrition Month and, similar to the work of Plan4Health projects in Kenton County, KY and Tarrant County, TX, many communities are seeing the value in supporting policy and environmental changes to increase access to nutritious foods.
Massachusetts General Hospital piloted a program in Chelsea, Massachusetts to help small grocery stores stock fruits and vegetables. The study:
- purchased display baskets and signage
- taught store owners how to keep their produce as fresh as possible
- introduced ways to increase store traffic
At the end of the study, stores who made the changes were making more money and seeing a return on their investment in fresh produce. They are looking to expand to more stores and to target sugar-sweetened beverages in their next round of store changes.
Read more about Massachusetts General Hospital and their work: Fresh Produce: Study Makes Healthy Choices Easier. For more information about celebrating National Nutrition Month, visit our Grab and Go Packet on the Plan4Health website.