CornerStorepicture.pngThe Rockland County Department of Health works with bodegas, small corner stores, small neighborhood mini-markets, and convenience stores/delis to promote and sell healthier foods and snacks, and listen to their customers' requests for healthier items. Please see our list of participating stores
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Look for the healthier items at your participating store. Healthier items being sold include: fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, fruit cups, dried fruits, 100% fruit juices, bottled water, whole-grain cereals, whole-wheat breads, whole-wheat crackers, 1% and fat-free milk, low-fat dairy products, olive oil and canola oil.

The key to good eating is moderation, variety, and balance. This means eating lots of different foods each day and not eating or drinking large amounts of any one food or beverage.

Fill your cart with these healthier choices and items below: 

  • Canned, frozen or fresh vegetables without sauce.
  • Canned, frozen or fresh fruits packed in natural juice.
  • Beans, peas, and lentils.
  • Bread, cereal, pasta & rice with 3 grams or more of fiber per serving (read the Nutrition Facts label on package).
  • Yogurt, part-skim cheese, and 1%, fat free milk, or low-fat  soy milk with 3 grams or less of fat per serving.
  • Healthier cooking oils: olive, canola, safflower, and sunflower.

You Are What You Eat!

Food contains vitamins, minerals, and energy that your body needs. If you do not eat well, you won't feel well!  

  • A good diet protects your heart and other organs. Lower fat foods, like lower fat dairy products, keep you from having too much fat.
  • A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can help protect you from cancer. Eat at least 5 portions of vegetables and/or fruits each day!
  • Having healthier choices right in your home can help you make the healthier choice the easier choice.

Information and Resources for Corner Store/Bodegas

Stores receive:

  • Technical assistance to implement healthy choices.
  • Promotional items and materials such as shelf tags, signage to promote healthier choices, door decals, and more.
  • Nutrition calculation to determine calorie and other content of on-site prepared foods.
  • Incentive items.

Suggestions:

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  • Place water and other low-calorie beverages at eye-level.
  • Offer fruits and vegetables at the front of the store/near the checkout.
  • Display marketing materials for healthier foods.
  • Stock healthier products such as whole grain products, fruits and vegetables, low-fat and/or fat free milk, low sodium or no sugar added canned goods, and healthier snack items. 
  • Group healthier items together and put them where they can be easily seen. 
  • Deli owners, make your meals a combo deal! Offer a hand-fruit (such as apples and  bananas, and oranges) and a bottle of water or seltzer instead of chips and a sugar-sweetened  beverage. 
  • Price it right!  Be sure to provide prices on your healthier items. Consider pricing healthier choices lower and less healthy choices higher. 
  • Take the guesswork out. Place prices where they will be seen. 
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