New York Health Department Releases Report On Access To Healthy Food In East And Central Harlem

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Harlem residents have fewer healthy food options, according to a new Health Department report on food availability in East and Central Harlem.

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While Harlem has many bodegas and corner stores, they are about half as likely to carry low-fat dairy products and seven times less likely to offer certain common vegetables as their Upper East Side counterparts. "Eating Well in Harlem: How Available Are Healthy Foods?" compares all food establishments in East and Central Harlem to a sample of Upper East Side locations. The full report is available online at nyc.gov.

"Bodegas are convenient but offer fewer healthy options," said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. "And there are three times as many fast-food restaurants per person in Harlem as there are in nearby neighborhoods. Diabetes and heart disease

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