LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Endowment reports its $35 million investment in health programs in a handful of low-income communities has paid off.

In a study released Wednesday, the Endowment said the effort has resulted in better eating habits, better fresh food options and healthier lifestyles in those communities.

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Residents in Oakland, Shasta County, South Los Angeles, Baldwin Park, Santa Ana and Chula Vista were targeted because they typically had higher rates of obesity and poverty-related health problems.

The Endowment worked with local officials to bring salad bars to some schools, put mini-marts in contact with local farmers to supply fresh produce and improve public physical fitness facilities.

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Sixteen new farmers markets and produce stands were opened all over California through the Endowment’s efforts.

The California Endowment is a private health foundation.

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