(July 22) A bill passed last week in Michigan should help residents of poorer urban and rural areas of the state more easily obtain fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat and dairy products, WILX-TV, Lansing, reported.

Public Act 231 of 2008 encourages grocery stores in underserved areas to add more healthful fare by offering tax breaks.

"This new measure will help make Michiganians healthier and spur neighborhood revitalization,” said the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Mark Jensen-R, Gaines Township, in the report.