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The Wabash Valley Mobile Market is still rolling, even in the winter.
The Wabash Valley Mobile Market is still rolling, even in the winter.

"This was a $1, I know it'd be a $1.50 at a store," Patsy Alanis, a frequent mobile market shopper said. 

Wednesday the market set-up shop at the Maryvale Apartment Complex in West Terre Haute.

Norbert Gottschling, director of the mobile market, says the goal of the project is to increase access to healthy foods in the area .

"I get so many people that say thank you so much for being here, there's no way i could get broccoli or oranges," Gottschling said. 

The mobile market is part of a larger community health initiative by United Way of the Wabash Valley, "Healthier by 2020."

"The health initiatives' objective is to reduce obesity to 25% by the year 20-20," Joni Wise, one of the leaders of the Healthier by 2020 initiative said. 
 
It's an effort Wise calls collaborative.

"The healthier by 2020 initiative is working with Better Health Wabash Valley and also working with the mayor's office so we can collaboratively work together to get good healthy outcomes," Wise said.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett is now hosting weekly wellness events.

He kicked the series off walking laps in the mall.

"It's not about running, it's just getting out and walking. We're doing some things that are dance related. I'm doing some swimming things," Bennett said. 

A variety of events to target a single problem.

"It was disturbing to me that how sickly that Terre Haute and Indiana is really is across the board, from infant till the later years," Bennett said.



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