Thursday, November 19, 2009

Take Advantage of Green Carts This Thanksgiving

The Eagle received the following information about NYC Green Carts:

Instead of loading up a Thanksgiving Day plate with fatty gravies, starchy stuffing, and canned cranberries, the NYC Green Carts initiative offers New Yorkers the opportunity to trim their turkeys with the freshest fruits and vegetables.

NYC Green Carts is a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, the New York City Department of Health, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, in which specially permitted street vendor carts sell only fresh fruits and vegetables throughout areas of the five boroughs where such produce is limited. The program is designed to help curb obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and related illnesses, which disproportionately affect people in these underserved neighborhoods.

“The fresh produce found on your local NYC Green Cart makes for a wonderful way to celebrate and give thanks with your loved ones,” explained Laurie M. Tisch, President of the Illumination Fund that bears her name. “We know that people who have more access to fresh fruits and vegetables eat more of them. We also know that eating such produce goes a long way to combating obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. So, eating healthier is something we can all be thankful for this year.”

Residents can find these healthy foods, and the carts that carry them, by looking for the colorful green umbrellas labeled with the NYC Green Cart logo in their own neighborhoods.

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