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N.C. Program Makes Healthy Eating More Convenient

Posted October 4, 2002

— Rather than picking up a candy bar or bag of chips when you fill up, some gas stations are offering their customers a healthier option -- fresh fruit.

"In the grocery store line, the kid is screaming, 'I want this candy bar!' but not here. You see them beg for a piece of fruit like an apple or actually the bananas are the most popular. It is so cute. I like that," said Gilda Anderson of Croasdaile Family Fare BP.

The Croasdaile Family Fare BP and 17 other gas stations in Durham sell fresh fruit at the checkout. Some advertise healthy snacks for purchase on the gas pump display.

"Convenience stores, for example, could provide breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks for customers so why not allow them to make the most healthy choices they can," said Durham County nutritionist Tracey Bates.

Bates invited the gas station to join the

Winner's Circle Healthy Dining Program

, which analyzes food for nutritional value.

If an establishment meets the criteria, it receives a purple star and fork logo to let consumers know healthy items are available.

According to Bates, 15 locations in Durham carry the logo, including restaurants, vending machines and the

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

.

"Consumers are eating away from home more often, they're on the run, busy and in a hurry. Why not help them make nutritious choices, take care of themselves when they are in such a hurry?" asked Bates.

Winner's Circle is a statewide program. Just look for the logo or

check here

for a list of participating businesses.

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