Healthy Corner Stores Initiative
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What is the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative?
Marion County Healthy Corner Stores Initiative (HCSI) is funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente Northwest. The project aims to establish healthy corner stores in North Marion County and parts of Salem which are affected by food deserts.
Food deserts are described by the USDA as “an area in the United States with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly lower-income neighborhoods and communities” (2008) and are areas that tend to have increased rates of overweight and obese individuals.
The initiative is a three year long project (starting in Fall 2011) and is expected to assist a minimum of 9 stores with three each in the communities of Woodburn and South Salem, and one each in the communities of Hubbard, Gervais, and Mt Angel.
Why Corner Stores?
Because food deserts typically have limited access to full service grocery stores, residents of these communities tend to rely on their local corner stores, or convenience stores, for a variety of every-day items. Selling fresh produce and healthier food options has historically been difficult in these corner stores because of high delivery costs, inadequate equipment and shelving space, and the idea that customers have no desire to purchase healthy items. Taking these barriers into account, Marion County wants to help these corner stores use their convenient locations to their benefit by incorporating healthy options into their inventory to improve both customer diets and their business.
How does the project work?
With the help of the Kaiser Permanente grant, Marion County Health Department staff are encouraging and assisting participating convenience stores in expanding or changing their food offerings to include fresh produce and other healthy food items (e.g., foods/beverages low in fat, sugar, sodium, and calories). Each store is treated individually and personalized goals are formulated based on store owner interviews, store inventory, and customer surveys. Participating stores are expected to display Healthy Corner Stores marketing materials, and also participate in social marketing opportunities.
Healthy food items are based off of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) healthful eating recommendations and guidelines. Abbreviated nutrition standards can be read HERE.
In addition to the work done in Marion County, the HCSI participates in the Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Retail Community of Practice.
This participation allows for opportunities to share and learn from others with the aim of enhancing all of our efforts around creating healthier retail environments in Oregon and SW Washington.
What can you do?
To help support the initiative and help Marion County be a healthier community, you can:
- Look for the Marion County Healthy Corner Store Decals on participating store entrances.
- Buy the healthy foods and beverages labeled at participating stores (ie: apples, brown rice, water, etc).
- Tell participating store owners that you appreciate them carrying healthy options!
- Encourage non-participating corner stores to carry healthy items.
Where can you find the HCSI logo in Marion County?
PRODUCTOS DE MI PAIS --
392 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn OR 97071 CLOSED
A&J MARKET- 134 Harrison St., Woodburn OR 97071
COME N GO
- 13437 Portland Rd., Woodburn OR 97071
PANIAGUITAS- 1141 S. Pacific Hwy, Woodburn OR 97071
YOUNG STREET MARKET- 1030 Young St., Woodburn OR 97071
MT ANGEL MARKET & DELI- 395 N Main St, Mt Angel, OR 97362
HUBBARD MARKET- 3574 Pacific Hwy, Hubbard, OR 97032
ST. PAUL MARKET 4171 Blanchet Ave, St. Paul, OR 97137
PARDO’S DELI & MARKET- 275 Lancaster Dr SE, Salem 97317
More locations in designated food desert areas of South Marion County to be participating soon.
For more details about the process of becoming a Marion County Healthy Corner Store, please contact the Marion County Health Department Woodburn office at 503-566- 2901 or
HCSI in the News
Salud America! Latina Corner Store Owner Makes Healthy Changes, Little by Little
NACCHO Stories from the Field - December 2013
HCSI Poster from Oregon Public Health Association Annual Meeting - October 2013
Marion County program helping bulk up on healthy options in 'food deserts"
- Salem Statesman Journal, October 21st 2013 This article is also featured in other media outlets across the United States including the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, the Columbian, and more!
Prevention Newsletter Fall 2012 Issue (p10)
Prevention Newsletter Summer 2013 Issue (p2)
CCTV (Capital Community Television) Interview
Shop Smart, Food label guide [Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics]
Eat Right, My plate guide [USDA Choosemyplate.gov]
National Program Resources:
Healthy Corner Stores Network:http://www.healthycornerstores.org
Your Food Environment Atlas:http://www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas/
Marion County Health Department
Rural and Prevention Service
976 N. Pacific Hwy.
Woodburn OR 97071