Access to Fresh Produce Makes Towns Healthier Places to Live
PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is helping six communities promote their local Farmers Markets by providing them with free signage under a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The six communities – Bridgeville, Coraopolis, Dormont, Homestead, Tarentum and Verona – have traditional business districts and participate in Allegheny Together, a business district revitalization program sponsored by Allegheny County Economic Development.
The County Health Department is partnering with Allegheny Together and Town Center Associates, which provides management services to Allegheny Together, to make these pedestrian-based communities healthier places for residents to live by promoting access to fresh produce and more active lifestyles. Incorporating healthy eating and physical activity into their daily routine can help prevent many chronic diseases and improve quality of life.
Allegheny Together encourages communities to host ongoing activities, like Farmers Markets, and make their business districts the center of shopping, dining and community life. Farmers Markets also help support economic development by encouraging residents to visit business districts on a weekly basis.
Design and production of the Farmers Market signs as well as window decals for other business district merchants were funded by a Safe and Healthy Communities grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health Preventive Health Services Program.
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