Good Neighbor Store Initiative’s purpose is to bring awareness of healthier food options, affordable choices and tobacco-free living in neighborhood stores throughout Broward County.
The Initiative is a Partnerships Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) collaborative consisting of the Broward Regional Health Planning Council (BRHPC), Florida Department of Health in Broward County’s Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Teams, the YMCA of South Florida, The American Lung Association, among many other partners.
Students who enroll in this after school club learn about the benefits of Tobacco Free Living, as well as how Tobacco companies are actively marketing to youth within these types of stores. In addition, the student groups and club advisors, in collaboration with participating storeowners, perform a site visit to the stores in order to assess the current layout, placement and identification of healthy food options.
The students then work together to create a set of recommendations for the storeowners in order to improve the availability and identification of healthy food and beverage choices and develop business friendly strategies to reduce youth exposure to Tobacco Advertising.
Participating stores may receive the “Good Neighbor Store” designation and recognition by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, after successful completion of the program! This designation recognizes the store’s role and commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of the residents they serve and clearly identifies the store to potential customers.
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