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People in Flint trying to find ways to be fit

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

This month, there’s a campaign in Flint to get city residents to live healthier.

But that campaign has been complicated by the recent closing of two chain supermarkets, making it harder for Flint residents to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We do have a very high ratio of corner stores/liquor stores as compared to actual supermarket chains where you can have access to better, fresher foods,” says Nick Bendall, the project manager for the Greater Flint Health Coalition.   

He says through the Commit to Fitcampaign they will try to promote healthy shopping options in Flint, including the city’s downtown farmers’ market. 

Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority started running a special “Ride to Groceries” bus route this week.  The intent is to help people who live in neighborhoods where the supermarkets closed get to grocery stores in other parts of town.      

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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