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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: June 9, 2010


Buy Local Eat Healthy

Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) is excited to announce the re-opening of the farmers' market at Legislative Mall beginning June 16 and continuing every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. through Aug. 25. Dover residents and those working in and around the mall are encouraged to take advantage of the convenience of purchasing these fresh local fruits and vegetables. Parking is available at the Public Archives Building.

The Farmers Market is part of the effort to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables while changing everyday behaviors by promoting healthy eating and physical activity within the First State. According to the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS), only 21.4 percent of Delaware adults eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables daily, and 52.1 percent report either no physical activity or insufficient activity. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend at least five servings per day of fruits and vegetables for children and even more for most adults.

The market will also promote physical activity through a walking program, Walk to Produce Better Health, in partnership with DelaWELL. Participants achieving the distance milestones have the chance to win weekly prizes and a grand prize.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director said, "This initiative is not only a convenient and great way to incorporate healthy eating and physical activity into our lives, it also supports farmers and boosts our local economy. It is a win-win opportunity."

Participating farmers will sell fruits and vegetables in addition to honey and fresh potted plants. Find out about the activities planned at noon each Wednesday. These include fitness demonstrations, cultural events, food preparations/cooking demonstrations with local produce, agriculture education, and lunch 'n' learn seminars on healthy living.

The farmers' market is in partnership with the City of Dover, DelaWELL, Department of Agriculture, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and First State Heritage Park. For more information contact Michelle Eichinger at 302-744-1011.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.