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A bodegas in Harlem, New York City. Bodegas are small, local corner store that sells everything from beer to diapers. Although New York City is one of the wealthiest cities in the world, healthy food products are not available to many populations throughout the city. Poor areas and neighborhoods often have small bodegas instead of grocery stores with diversified products. Those bodegas most commonly focus on fast food, junky snacks, cigarettes and alcohol, which help perpetuate an unhealthy lifestyle. To remedy the situation, various initiatives such as The Healthy Bodegas have been created. The Healthy Bodegas has city officials working with small business owners in order to bring healthier options, including fruits, vegetables, healthy juices and whole wheat bread and pastas into Bodegas, in order to increase access to healthier options.

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