Corner Stores Program Targets Obesity in Tenn.

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Several convenience stores throughout Nashville, Tenn., are working to make their communities healthier.

The city's Healthy Corner Store initiative aims to transform stores into neighborhood markets as part of a campaign to fight obesity.

The program helps stores offer fresh fruit and vegetables and educate shoppers on the importance of healthy eating, according to a report by The Tennessean.

The initiative is sponsored by the Metro Public Health Department, which is helping store owners bring in healthy fare through a grant program.

Stores in lower income neighborhoods have been targeted because many of those areas don't have a full-sized supermarket.

"Before, it was really hard for me, and I had to depend on family to get to the store," customer Leslie Johnson told USA Today.

"Fresh fruits and vegetables are what this neighborhood needs," she added.

So far, 19 stores are participating in the program.

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