'Shop Healthy NYC' comes to Brooklyn bodegas in hopes of reversing obesity epidemic

Some healthier snack and food choices could be popping up at Brooklyn's corner bodegas in the near future. The city says it's hoping to reverse

The Department of Health connects local stores with

The Department of Health connects local stores with a healthier food supply.

BROOKLYN - Some healthier snack and food choices could be popping up at Brooklyn's corner bodegas in the near future.

The city says it's hoping to reverse the rise of obesity with a new program that helps people access healthier choices in a sea of junk food. With "Shop Healthy NYC," the Department of Health connects local stores with a healthier food supply, such as fresh produce and low sodium canned goods.

The program then strategically markets these items in-store by using clear labels and pricing information, and makes them easier to access than junk food. As of now, the program has only been implemented at a handful of locations around East New York, but the owner of JR Grocery is already a fan. He says the program has increased his store's profit.

The DOH says the program launched in the Bronx over a year ago with strong results, citing growing demand by shoppers and increased sales for store owners.

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