Access to Healthy Food
Growing Groceries in Food Deserts: Examines food deserts, their implications, and what can be done about them. (April/May 2010)
State Farm-to-School Policies: In March 2008, Washington passed an ambitious farm-to-school bill that links farmers and schools, identifies curricula, establishes a fresh fruit and vegetable grant program and more. (August/September 2008)
State Legislatures Magazine
Nutrition Rules : Making healthy food choices available to school kids is a priority for many lawmakers. (State Legislatures magazine, May 2008).
Q and A With Kevin Concannon - Listen to an audio of Undersecretary Kevin Concannon of the U.S. Department of Agriculture speaking about the need to reauthorize federal nutrition programs at NCSL's 2010 Legislative Summit. Prior to the session, he spoke with NCSL about the role state lawmakers can play. More
Promoting Healthy Communities and Preventing Childhood Obesity: Trends in Recent Legislation - This report documents 2009 legislative actions on nutrition standards and physical education in schools, changes in the built environment that encourage more walking and bicycling, and more. More
Healthy Community Design: Bringing Physical Activity and Healthy Foods to Communities - Discover program and policy options policymakers can use in designing and building more healthy communities that benefit residents' health and well-being. More
Healthy Community Design Legislation Database: Summaries of bills that focus on strategies that increase access to healthy food and opportunities for including physical activity into one's daily routine. More
"Health and Food Systems - Creating Where Kids Can Thrive": NCSL session at Spring Forum, April 9, 2010. Funded in part by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
- Michael W. Hamm [PowerPoint Slides] Ph.D., C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Michigan State University
- Manel Kappagoda [PowerPoint Slides] JD, MPH, Deputy Director, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
- Crista Essig [PowerPoint Slides] MPH, Public Health Analyst, National Center for Environmental Health and Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Arizona's New Website for Community Health - Arizona has a new website on healthy communities and promising practices. A visitor to the website can compare data by zip code and county. Promising practices are not just Arizona-specific or health-specific, as they include practices on transportation, government, economy, and health. The website includes the Healthy People 2010 Progress Tracker for Arizona, where a user can view the Healthy People 2010 indicators. The website's purpose is to help planners, policy makers, and community members learn about issues and identify improvements. (May 2010)
Planning for Food - The American Association of Planners has compiled a policy guide for planners to better incorporate food system issues into their work. (4/23/2008)
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