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Series Website: shiftingthebalance.nhpr.orgShifting the Balance is a station-wide series focused on the positive impact environmental and policy changes can have on the fight against obesity in schools, workplaces, and communities. While so much of the national conversation about obesity focuses on the effect of personal choice, NHPR’s reporters and producers are examining what happens when the choices themselves are changed. Shifting the Balance will present stories of how personal habits, including exercise and consumption, can be improved when even simple changes are made to an individual’s environment, including infrastructure, available food, and the support of leaders and innovators across the culture.

EBT Friendly Farmer's Markets

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At New Hampshire’s eighty or so farmer’s markets, you can choose from organic produce, local honey and freshly baked breads. These are foods that are often out of reach for those on government food assistance, limited by a set budget and where they can shop, as only select retailers accept electronic benefit transfer cards.  As part of our continuing series, shifting the balance, NHPR’s Todd Bookman reports on a new initiative designed to entice low income customers to shop at farmer’s markets…by increasing their purchasing power.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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