Healthy Food

Salt Lake City’s homeless lack access to healthy foods. Here’s how one group is working to fix that.

Robby Rocha says people will often walk through the encampment where he was living last month in a field on Salt Lake City’s west side with bags full of food from McDonald’s or Burger King.

“I’ll eat it because you’re hungry,” he said. “McDonald’s is good. But I like when they bring homemade meals and homemade soups and stuff.”

At that moment, Rocha was sitting outside his tent on a camp chair, downing a plant-based meal distributed by volunteers from the Food Justice Coalition, a community group that has been working for the past few months to distribute healthy

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New community gardens in Durham aimed to improve accessibility to healthy food options ::

— A community effort in Durham is planting seeds of opportunity by working to improve the availability of fresh food and physical skills for seniors.

“It’s wonderful. I love coming out here,” Deborah Richardson said Monday as she picked plants in the new community garden at Preiss Steele Place, a Durham Housing Authority apartment complex for senior citizens and disabled residents.

Richardson, who has lived at Preiss Steele Place for almost 10 years, said access to healthy food is limited in the neighborhood.

A conversation with a community organizer dropping off food

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Smoothie Operator: Independent Blender Bringing Healthy Food To The Streets

NEW ORLEANS — Good food and music are staples of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Unfortunately, that food usually comes in the form of seafood, gumbo, jambalaya, king cake and beignets — items that make your taste buds happy and your waistline expand.

However, 5th Ward native Domonique “Dinero” Meyers offers a delicious alternative to the city’s famous, but sometimes greasy fare. His Ascent Blends brand of organic smoothies had a modest start on the sidewalks of New Orleans, just a blender and organic fruits.

His efforts at healthy living didn’t go unnoticed — he recently secured a distribution deal with

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with healthy, flavorful food

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s fiesta time! Cinco de Mayo is here and it’s time to celebrate with delicious Mexican food.

But before your order those tacos or make that at-home margarita, Blue Cross Blue Shield’s health and wellness spokesperson Shanthi Appelo has some tips to make your fiesta a healthy one.

It’s certainly okay to indulge in favorite foods once in a while, but some foods you may have thought were healthy at Mexican restaurants could surprise you.

  • Taco salad often comes along with a deep-fried tortilla bowl – opt for a plate instead
  • It’s no secret black beans
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Tesco Group PLC extends healthy food commitment after pressure from shareholders

ShareAction said the grocer has “set a precedent” for other supermarkets to ensure health is a priority

Under pressure from shareholders, Tesco Group PLC () has set targets to increase the sale of healthier food and drinks across its group operations.

After a shareholder resolution was filed ahead of its annual general meeting on the subject of healthy eating, Tesco in March committed to increasing sales of healthy products from 58% to 65% of total sales in its UK and Irish stores by 2025.

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But today, following continued

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Tesco urged to consider health impact as it extends plant-based target into Central Europe

The warning comes after the UK’s largest supermarket agreed to increase healthy food options at its operations in Europe as well as the UK and Ireland after pressure from a group of seven institutional investors.

The coalition of Tesco activist investors is led by ShareAction, which in February filed a shareholder proposal​ calling on Tesco to reduce its exposure to less healthy food and drink products. The move was the first health-based shareholder resolution filed at a UK-listed company.

This initially prompted the supermarket, the UK’s leading grocer with a 27% market share, to announce plans to increase the proportion

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Tesco Steps Up Healthy Food Pledge Amid Investor Pressure

Tesco Plc has pledged to boost sales of healthier food and drink across its entire retail business in a bid to stave off further pressure from investors over concerns its products cause obesity.

The company aims to include its central European operations and wholesaler Booker Group Ltd. in a pledge to increase the share of healthy product sales, Tesco said in a statement Wednesday. The target builds on a commitment made in March for its U.K. and Irish stores, which aim for healthy products to comprise 65% of total sales by 2025, up from 58% now.

Covid-19 Raises Existential Question

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A Chicago organization is beautifying vacant lots into fitness gardens!

CHICAGO — A Chicago organization is turning empty lots into fitness gardens for underserved communities!

On Chicago’s West Side, a group of community organizations are offering children in the community fitness gardens that include calisthenics workout equipment as well as healthy fresh foods.

Pull Up the City is a non-profit that started this year beautifying empty lots on the West Side of Chicago and turns them into fitness and vegetable gardens.

“We’re turning vacant lots into jackpots, that’s what I like to say. Essentially what that means turning empty lots into community fitness gardens and wellness sanctuaries,” said Marcelino Riley,

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Brockton orgs get $410,000 grant to address food insecurity, housing

BROCKTON — A project to convert motel rooms into permanent housing. A freight container remade into a self-contained farm. A system for area food pantries to better serve the community.

These are the projects three Brockton organizations will bring to life with the help of a $410,000 grant from Beth Israel Lahey Health to address food insecurity and housing stability.

The recipients are Father Bill’s and MainSpring, a homeless shelter that received $205,000; the Boys and Girls Club of Metro South, which received $115,000; and the Charity Guild, a food pantry that got $90,000.

“The best and most important solutions

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