What is a Healthy HotSpot?
Healthy HotSpots are places where changes are being made that make it easier for people to make healthy choices.
Healthy HotSpot: Corner Stores Pilot Program
As part of the CPPW initiative, over 20 small, local corner stores within 8 communities across suburban Cook County were recruited into the pilot program. With support from community-based organizations and municipalities, this program is designed to help each corner store owner offer a variety of new healthy food products. By offering foods such as whole grains, low-fat dairy products, low-fat proteins like fish or beans, and fruits and vegetables, these stores are making it easier for local residents to access healthy food items. See our healthy product menu of options for more information.
In return for participating in the program, stores will be given new equipment, resources, marketing materials, and expert assistance so they can continue to increase their healthy food options. These will be our first generation Healthy HotSpot corner stores, paving the way for a healthier tomorrow by taking simple steps to provide customers with healthier options.
- Healthy HotSpot Corner Store Initiative
- On November, 9th 2011, CCDPH launched its Healthy HotSpot program in Harvey as part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative. The celebration was held at H&M Grocery and highlighted the importance of healthy food access in local corner stores for communities with low access to supermarkets. Click here to view pictures from the event and see what changes have been made.
Healthy HotSpot Corner Store Resources
The Cook County Department of Public Health encourages organizations to create their own healthy corner store projects. Here are some tip sheets to help your organization provide technical assistance to local corner store owners.
Adding Healthy Products
Buying and Handling Fresh Produce
Seasonal Produce Guide
Corner stores list