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Community partners make healthy choices easier in Stop Six neighborhood

Posted Jan. 18, 2018

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Fresh fruits and vegetables are a mainstay at the reinvented Ramey Market.

Healthy changes are in store for residents of Fort Worth’s Stop Six community, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and part of City Council District 5. Ramey Market, a popular corner store near several schools, is getting a makeover to make healthy choices easier.

In a collaborative effort led by Blue Zones Project and supported by Tarrant County Public Health, Dunbar High School, the Plan4Health food access program and the Historic Stop Six Initiative, Ramey Market, 5428 Ramey Ave., is now a healthy corner store, complete with fruits and vegetables and healthy on-the-go snacks. Ramey Market also eliminated in-store tobacco signage.

The community celebrated the changes at a grand reopening last month. The event included nutritious food samples, produce giveaways, Camp Gladiator workout demonstrations and an appearance by the Dunbar cheerleaders, drill team and marching band.

“By forming strong community partnerships, we are really moving the needle when it comes to improving the well-being of Fort Worth residents,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “Healthy choices are getting easier everywhere you look in our community.”

The changes at Ramey Market reflect a long-term commitment to offering healthy options in Stop Six, a designated food desert. According to Tarrant County Public Health, food deserts contain more fast food restaurants and unhealthy corner stores than other areas of the city.

“There have been so many tangible examples showing how we are raising awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle,” said Councilwoman Gyna M. Bivens. “Parks are being updated and added, neighborhood associations encourage walking teams, and churches are inviting cooking demonstrations to educate their members.”

Bivens added that Blue Zones Project, a community-led well-being improvement initiative, continues to make a positive impact in communities throughout southeast Fort Worth. Blue Zones Project researched best practices and worked closely with Ramey Market and community partners to provide healthier choices in the store.

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