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Mayors To Discuss Healthy Food Initiatives

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is planning to join with other mayors to discuss ways to make it easier for those in urban neighborhoods to get access to fresh, healthy food.

BOSTON (AP) β€” Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is planning to join with other mayors to discuss ways to make it easier for those in urban neighborhoods to get access to fresh, healthy food.

The lack of access to healthy foods has been blamed for contributing to a number of health problems, from obesity to diabetes.

In some neighborhoods the closest source of food may be a corner store with little fresh produce, grains or meat.

Menino and the other mayors plan to tour a commercial kitchen in Jamaica Plain.

The event marks the culmination of a two-day food policy task force meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors.

The mayors of Baltimore, Indianapolis, Patterson, Louisiana, Madison, Wisconsin and Burlington, Vermont are planning to join Menino as are the mayors of Cambridge, Weymouth, Newton and Providence.

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