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live / 2015

South Los Angeles Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program

South Los Angeles Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Children's Bureau of Southern California

South Los Angeles Healthy Corner Store Conversion Program is a proposal to help prevent childhood obesity through an innovative approach of converting corner stores into venues that stock fresh, healthy products. In food deserts, with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables, corner stores are ubiquitous. Adding fresh, healthy food to these regularly frequented businesses can increase consumption of nutritious food and stimulate the economy by increasing the profits of local businesses.

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • South LA
  • District One of Los Angeles City (Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mount Washington, Solano Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, and Pico Union)

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Mobilize for systems change

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Obesity rates
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Children’s Bureau (CB) will evaluate our project by initially outreaching to 30 corner stores and then determining if we successfully recruited 14 out of the 30 corner stores. Second, CB will assess if these 14 corner stores underwent a corner store conversion. CB will also collect process data, which will allow corner store owners to determine if their new, healthy products are selling. These evaluations will help determine any potential barriers to stocking healthy food at the corner store. Additionally, CB will collect food demonstration pre- and post-tests. These evaluation tools will determine if the food demonstrations are effective in teaching customers how to use a corner store’s new, healthy ingredients to prepare a meal their whole family will enjoy. In CB’s previous experience with conducting food demonstrations, surveys comparing data before and after each food demonstration show an overall increase in knowledge.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research