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Turning the Corner: Project Seeks to Improve Community’s Health by Overhauling Small Markets


Yash La Casa Market in East Los Angeles underwent a major overhaul last fall. Boards and bars that covered the front of the store were removed, as were posters pitching soda and beer. A fresh coat of paint was put on the exterior and larger windows were installed to allow natural light to brighten what was once a dark, uninviting interior. Inside, displays were rearranged to more prominently showcase healthy food items at the front of the store, including fresh fruits and vegetables, bottled water and nutritious snacks. An empty lot at the back of the store was converted into a vegetable garden with a sitting area for customers.