Numerous studies show that children
who eat nourishing, well-balanced meals and healthysnacks, and get plenty o vigorous exercise have more energy, are more alert, and perormbetter in school. Nutritionists, health care workers, school ood services directors and anincreasing number o parents across Caliornia now encourage inclusion o resh ruits andvegetables with all amily meals and snacks. This is nearly impossible, however, unless amilieshave easy access to resh produce they can aord.The goal to “eat healthy” is especially challenging in small, rural communities in the CentralValley, which cannot support ull-scale grocery markets or the kind o Farmers Markets ound inlarger communities. Most commonly ound in small communities are one or two “Mom andPop” markets oering a limited choice o resh ruits and vegetables (onions, peppers, chilies,lime/lemons, oranges and perhaps bananas), at prices well above those charged in largermarkets. To nd a wider variety o produce at more aordable prices, residents have to drive –i they can – to larger communities with supermarkets or big box stores.
Healthy Foods,Healthy Communities