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State funds healthy food plan in Falls, Lackawanna

LOCKPORT – A grant of nearly $1 million will fund a five-year program to promote healthy foods and physical activity to students and families in the Niagara Falls and Lackawanna public schools.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County announced the $990,000 grant from the state Health Department. The organization will use the money for the Creating Health Schools and Communities program. The plan calls for working with the school districts to create programs to incorporate healthy eating and daily physical activity into the lives of students and their families.

Plans include encouraging corner stores to offer healthier produce, as well as setting up mobile markets, in hopes of encouraging better food choices and combating obesity and chronic diseases.

The grant was one of 26 statewide, totaling $6.7 million.