Healthy Food

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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CVS Invests in Alternative Meats and Healthy Foods


CVS is helping bring healthy foods and meat alternatives like Beyond Meat to communities in the United States, Business Insider reports. The pharmacy giant and Beyond Meat are partnering to help bring options to 7,000 stores nationwide.

CVS will also add new snacks and frozen foods catering to a vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, and sugar-free audience. The move will benefit Americans living in food deserts, without access to traditional grocery stores. “The expanded assortment of food items is the latest way we serve as a premier health and wellness destination, making it easier for millions of customers to access healthier choices

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Food ingredients maker Tate & Lyle eyes business split in health push

The logo of Tate & Lyle compagny is seen on their European Innovation Centre in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Tate & Lyle (TATE.L) confirmed on Sunday it was exploring the sale of a controlling stake in its commercial sweeteners unit and separate it from its food and beverage solutions business as the food ingredients maker focuses on healthy products.

“If a transaction of this nature was completed it would enable Tate & Lyle and the new business to focus their respective strategies and capital allocation priorities,” the British company said in a statement on its website.

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New Lackawanna store opens in effort to combat food desert with healthy options

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A new store in Lackawanna is giving people more access to healthy food.

Yard Sale Produce, founded by Michael Barnes, held its grand re-opening over the weekend.

He grows the produce on his half-acre of land and then sells it to the public.

Advocates say the neighborhood Barnes serves is a food desert and healthy food can be hard to find. Yard sale produce hopes to change that.

“I see they don’t have access to it. So bringing it to them, give the community a chance to raise

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Are Baked Potatoes Healthy? Nutrition, Benefits, and Downsides

People often make the mistake of associating potatoes with weight gain and the obesity epidemic. However, they actually provide many health benefits and play an essential role in fighting malnutrition and starvation worldwide (1).

That said, the way you prepare potatoes can significantly affect their nutritional value and health effects.

This article takes a closer look at the health effects of baked potatoes specifically.

Potatoes pack a variety of macronutrients and micronutrients essential for good health.

One medium-sized baked potato with skin weighs about 173 grams and provides the following nutrients (2):

  • Calories: 161
  • Carbs: 37
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$11.2 million in grants awarded to address food security, mental well-being and health equity by Florida Blue Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A behavioral health program to help child trauma victims. A food pharmacy program that provides prescriptions for healthy food. A cultural and linguistic educational curriculum to enhance medical provider-patient interactions. These are just a few programs in Florida that are sharing more than $11 million in grants from the Florida Blue Foundation to improve food security, mental well-being and health equity.

The Florida Blue Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the state’s Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, announced grants to 29 nonprofits supporting programs that address key drivers of health, many of which

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How CVS Can Bring Beyond Meat, Healthy Foods to Food Deserts

  • CVS is bringing Beyond Meat to 7,000 stores and increasing gluten-free, vegan snacks and foods.
  • CVS, which has more US stores than Walmart and Kroger combined, could better serve “food deserts.”
  • “CVS is ubiquitous in neighborhoods and communities across America,” Beyond Meat told Insider.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

CVS is bringing healthy foods and meat-alternatives to communities across America.

The pharmacy chain and Beyond Meat just announced a partnership that would bring meat-alternative burgers and meatballs to 7,000 stores nationwide. CVS will also add 60 new “better for you” snacks and 50 new frozen foods that are

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Which fruits are less healthy, and which are better for you?

Fruits are generally considered healthy as part of a balanced diet. However, some people with certain health conditions or dietary restrictions may find some fruits more suitable than others.

Whole fruits can be part of an overall healthy diet for many people. Diets that are rich in whole foods — such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains — support overall health and may help prevent some chronic conditions.

Fruits contain nutrients that may be lacking in the average diet, along with other beneficial plant compounds, such as various antioxidants.

For some people, certain types of fruit may be more desirable

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Food Hub: This network is ‘all about moving food’ | Environment

During COVID, the Food Hub provided the resources and connections for improved ‘shared infrastructure,’ including food storage and transportation. MARY MACDONALD, co-owner of Genuine Local in Meredith, says that the mission of her organization and others in the New Hampshire Food Hub is simple: to connect people with local food. She’s had customers tell her, “I didn’t know that farm was there, and it’s a mile from where I live!” Communication and cooperation are the focus of the New Hampshire Food Hub, an umbrella organization dedicated to bringing local food to everyone who wants it. Jessica Gorhan, project manager for

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