HEAL food markets kick off on Wednesday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health have joined forces once again to sell locally owned produce at HEAL markets. The first of three market locations opens on Wednesday.

The HEAL effort stands for Health Easting and Active Living.

“The HEAL Farm Markets are markets that are intended to serve underserved communities,” said Sharon Tubbs, director of HealthVisions Midwest Fort Wayne. “Our purpose is to reach communities that are food deserts where there aren’t any grocery stores where they can get fresh fruits and vegetables to live healthy lives.”

Although this is the market’s sixth year, Tubbs said the pandemic highlighted the need for the community to be as healthy as possible.

“Some of our hardest hit communities were communities that are plagued by diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, lack of nutrition,” said Tubbs. “Now, those issues…

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