Health Matters: Baptist Health Opens Farmers Market On Site

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LITTLE ROCK, AR- Health Matters to a Central Arkansas hospital that is looking for a way the community has access to healthy foods. Greens, reds and yellows, showing a bright and colorful display of foods that are now being offered outside Baptist Health in Little Rock.
“One of the keys to eating right is having access to the right stuff,” says Troy Wells, President/CEO Baptist Health.

Baptist Health’s President and CEO Troy Wells says the organization started looking for ways to improve its food culture and promote healthy eating. So they thought, why not develop a farmers market on site.

“The things you know we ought to be eating are more easily accessible to all those thousands of people that work here or visit here,” says Wells.

So far, it’s a big hit. People are lining up to get their hands on the freshest produce coming straight from our local farms.

“You’re going to get the most out of the fruits and vegetables you’re going to be eating,” says Miranda Lytle, Registered Dietitian.

Registered Dietitians point out the amount of nutrients and minerals you’re getting when you buy local. You should eat at least 3 servings of veges and at least 2 servings of fruits a day. Food trucks are also in the mix, but Baptist Health is looking at other ways to expand the market.

“There may be some more opportunities in the future to expand this into a meat share program,” says Wells.

They’re just getting started. The goal is to educate people the importance of healthy eating and making sure it’s available for everyone in the community.

“We think we will start to slowly make a difference over time on how we live and eat. And beyond all that, Farmers Markets are just fun,” says Wells.

Fun, they want to continue for years to come. Officials hope this will extend to the community in West Little Rock and bring in more farmers and customers.

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