Healthy Corner Stores Initiative
Residents of some Kansas City and Independence, Mo., neighborhoods now have access to healthy food options at neighborhood convenience stores through the Jackson County Healthy Corner Store Initiative.
Two participating stores, Shayan’s EZ Shop in Kansas City, Mo., (pictured) and 7-Eleven on Highway 24 in Independence, Mo., hosted community events Nov. 16 to celebrate the beginning of an ongoing effort to promote healthy eating by making it easier to find fresh, canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grain foods, healthy beverages and healthy snacks. Indiana Market, 3646 Indiana Ave., Kansas City, Mo., also kicked off its effort Nov. 23.
The kickoff events featured cooking demonstrations, healthy recipes and children’s activities, along with opportunities for community members to share ideas about healthy food.
The Jackson County Healthy Corner Store Initiative is part of a larger effort to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease called Building a Healthier Jackson County. Partners supporting this effort include MARC, the Kansas City, Mo., Health Department, Independence Health Department, Jackson County Health Department, the University of Missouri Extension, 4H and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Building a Healthier Jackson County is supported in part by funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.