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Group Hoping to Bring Healthy Produce Bus to Lynchburg


Reporter:  Danner Evans l Videographer:  Stephen Smith

Lynchburg, VA - Eat Healthy, work healthy, play healthy, learn healthy -- those are the ideals behind the new Live Healthy Lynchburg initiative.

Problem is for a lot of you, access to healthy foods from a grocery store just isn't available. Folks behind the movement have dubbed it a food desert.

Now the Live Healthy Lynchburg team are trying and bring fresh fruits and veggies from Lynchburg Grows into neighborhoods on a bus.

Leslie Hoglund with the Lynchburg Health Department said they just applied for a grant from the Centra Foundation to build a mobile produce bus.

"The bus will travel through areas of town where there might be limited access to fruits and vegetables and give people the opportunity to come and explore and learn how to cook these food items and try to live a healthier life," said Hoglund.

The idea has really taken off in other cities. They point to the Fresh Move Bus in Chicago as a good example of what they are trying to do. They're still waiting on the money but hope to have the bus rolling by next year.

The Live Healthy Lynchburg team is also working with area corner stores to get them to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods too.

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