Access to healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables and low-sodium products, is vital to good health. Yet, not everyone has equal access to these recommended foods. For many, eating a healthy diet may be difficult due to a lack of available, accessible, and affordable food options in their community.
OCHD is working to increase access to healthy foods in small retail venues. Helping small retailers expand their stock of healthy and affordable items will benefit the entire community. Residents will have greater access to healthy foods, increasing their potential for good health. Employers may benefit from increased revenue and a broader customer base, while the community may benefit from both increased economic revitalization and a healthier resident population.
Eating too much sodium (salt) can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Click the link to learn more.
Snapshot of Small Food Retail Initiatives
Through the Healthy Communities Initiative, we work closely with small food retail locations within the City of Syracuse to encourage each to sell healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables. The Onondaga County Health Department supports these stores by helping select and promote healthy food products through signage and incentives, as well as, encourages store owners to place healthy foods where customers can easily see them and purchase them. Our goal is to encourage residents to eat healthy foods to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses.