City launches Food Oasis program

August 11, 2010 3:18:46 PM PDT
Chicago's new Food Oasis program is designed to encourage healthier food choices for patients coping with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.

The program was put together by Walgreens, Northwestern Medicine and Near North Health Services Corporation.

"To me, this is an example of people working together on behalf of the entire community," said Mayor Daley, who toured a Walgreens that's participating in the program.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 600,000 Chicago residents live in so-called food deserts, which are neighborhoods lacking convention grocery stores. Walgreens has redesigned 10 of its stores on the South and West sides to include more fresh food items.


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