Healthy Food Retail is an evidence-based strategy for healthy food access, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The retail food environment includes the community level with availability of and access to grocery stores and markets and the consumer level with healthy foods available to purchase in stores, at markets, in vending machines and other outlets. Healthier foods include those with less sodium (salt), added sugars, saturated fats, trans fats, and refined grains.
The Go Healthy Houston Taskforce has partnered with local organizations to develop, implement and evaluate healthy food retail programs including the Healthy Vending initiative through the City of Houston Health Department and the Healthy Corner Store Network through partnership with CAN DO Houston (Children and Neighborhoods Defeat Obesity in Houston) and the City of Houston. Learn more about these initiatives and supporting resources here!
Download the CDC’s Healthier Food Retail Assessment Process: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/HFRassessment.pdf