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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

May 1, 2003

HEALTH DEPARTMENT JOINS NEIGHBORHOODS TO INCREASE HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES

Charlotte, NC - Healthy diets, including fresh fruits and vegetables, are often a lifestyle choice. For low-income families who have little extra money for expensive food and often live in areas without many grocery stores, it can be a difficult choice to make.

That's why the Mecklenburg County Health Department is working to increase healthy food choices by collaborating with various neighborhood organizations for a third season of the Neighborhood Farmers' Market. The Neighborhood Farmers' Market opens this Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 am on the northwest campus of the Mecklenburg County Health Department located at 2845 Beatties Ford Road. The market is intended to increase access to healthy and affordable foods, while promoting better eating habits and stimulating the neighborhood economy.

The Neighborhood Farmers' Market is a collaborative effort of Charlotte REACH 2010 and the Health Department's "Fighting Back" program. REACH 2010 focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in northwest Charlotte neighborhoods. The Fighting Back program promotes healthy lifestyles and works to increase the capacity of neighborhood residents to address issues of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and community safety.

To mark the opening of the Farmers' Market, the Mecklenburg County Health Department is offering a special "Saturday Mammography Clinic" from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. Appointment times have already been filled for this opportunity, but those wishing to make a future appointment may do so on Saturday or by calling 704-336-6500. A sliding scale fee is available for those without insurance, however verification of income is required.

The Neighborhood Farmers' Market is open from 8:00 am to 3:00pm beginning this Saturday, and will be open every Saturday until October.



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