Eating a healthy diet—one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat, salt, and added sugar—is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and other health conditions. We can only eat healthfully when healthy options are available and affordable where we shop and live. Three-quarters of Americans’ calories come from supermarkets, dollar stores, and small food stores.  Unfortunately, where food is located within the supermarket and where supermarkets are located within communities are determined by supermarket profits, not public health. The goal of healthy retail is to transform the food retail environment into a place that promotes health. 

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Stocked sodas but bared shelves at a dollar store

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Customers want healthier options at dollar stores

CSPI conducted a national study to find out how shoppers with limited resources use dollar stores, their perceptions of dollar stores, and identify opportunities for dollar stores to improve the health of their customers and communities. A full report of this study and its findings is forthcoming.

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