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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Finance & Procurement, Food
Rural communities face physical, geographic, social, and economic barriers to good health. These include: limited access to healthy foods, few exercise facilities, lack of public transportation, lack of nutrition education, and more. As a result, older adults in rural areas tend to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Community Development, Health, Food
Babies in Wilkinsburg, PA suffer from elevated blood lead levels and high mortality rates. In response, the Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative has undergone multiple strategies in Wilkinsburg to improve access to quality health care and transform their educational, economic, and community...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2009
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
Many schools are surrounded by fast food restaurants, which provide students with easy access to unhealthy foods and undermine schools' efforts to offer nutritious meals. Prohibiting fast food restaurants from locating near schools is one strategy to help reduce childhood obesity...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) California
Source County of Santa Clara
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
Restaurants encourage children and adolescents to choose specific menu items by linking them with free toys and other incentive items. This ordinance states that a restaurant may not provide an incentive item linked to the purchase of a single food item or meal if it includes excessive...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Association of County & City Health Officials
Policy Areas Food, Health
This report features case studies of big cities successfully preventing and/or combating chronic disease. Strategies include improving nutrition by increasing access to healthy food and limiting sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, increasing physical activity through promoting healthy...

Type Article
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New Mexico
Source Center for American Progress
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education, Food
California, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, and New Mexico are addressing child hunger and food insecurity by implementing no-cost school meal programs for all students. Several challenges, such as administrative burdens, rising meal debt, and stigma, burden low-income students. The benefits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Health, Housing, Public Safety, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Food
Michigan need to improve healthcare, education, public health, immigration regulation, families, childcare, worker skills, employment, and wages. The report explains the problems and gives recommendation to each of them....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Policy Areas Food
Local governments can promote healthy eating and active living in their communities by supporting local farmers' markets. This brief suggests goals, policies, and actions to protect existing and promote new farmers' markets. It also features a model zoning ordinance that establishes...

Type Roadmap
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ProGov21
Policy Areas Food
Local governments can work to ensure all residents have access to healthy and affordable food produced efficiently and sustainably. This roadmap details tools and first steps that local governments can use to improve food production, distribution, and consumption in their communities....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Food, Economic Justice
This report outlines potential energy savings practices in food facility services, restaurants, and food manufacturing and incubation industries. It also provides sustainable recommendations related to building envelopes and metering, HVAC systems, appliances, cold storage, water,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Food
Agricultural cooperatives are a promising area of economic opportunity for African American women in the rural South, who face some of the sharpest disparities in economic advancement. By increasing the local availability of quality food, these businesses also have the potential to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
A child's health is a key predictor for his or her future success and well-being. Unfortunately, far too many children face barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential because of where they live, learn and play. The inequitable distribution of social, economic and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
This report outlines four key factors that promote routine physical activity: compact land use, comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian networks, inviting site designs, and prioritizing user safety. To address physical inactivity and childhood obesity, this report suggests inclusive...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Council for a Strong America
Policy Areas Children & Families, Economic Justice, Food, Health
Obesity disqualifies 31 percent of youth from military service. Ensuring that all children have consistent access to fresh and nutritious food year-round is critical for kids to grow up to be healthy and prepared for any career they choose, including the military. This report provides...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Education, Food, Health, Housing
This ordinance establishes a department under the mayor's office tasked with managing migrant and refugee settlement within New York City. The office will primarily focus on providing access to housing, education, medical care, and food for foreign citizens who are resettled, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Food
In many places, residents lack access to fruits and vegetables, but can easily find tobacco and alcohol. This playbook presents 15 strategies to achieve a healthy retail environment—one where it is easier to make healthy choices than unhealthy ones. In particular, these strategies...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility
The city of Lincoln is home to 133 miles of trails and more than 125 parks and green spaces on over 6,000 acres of public land. Lincoln's trail system consistently ranks among the best in the country. Numerous partnerships exist throughout the community to promote and encourage active...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source City of Baraboo
Policy Areas Food, Health, Public Spaces
This ordinance requires licensing for mobile food vendors and outlines the necessary procedures for obtaining required permits. The ordinance also explains the circumstances in which a registration application might be denied, and what may cause a license to be revoked. It additionally...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Grassroots Change
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Children & Families, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Food
Many policies that help make healthier foods available to families start locally. But what if your state lawmakers suddenly passed legislation that took away the ability of community members, city councils, school districts, and counties to help prevent heart disease, stroke, and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) All States
Source American Planning Association
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Finance & Procurement, Economic Justice
This report finds that incorporating arts and culture into economic development improves outcomes by concentrating the physical density of creative human capital, promoting artistic communities to attract visitors and further investment, and connecting the arts with other sectors...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Policy Areas Food
Currently in Hawaii, thousands of seniors struggle just to put food on their table. The issue of senior hunger is complex, and is often a symptom of deeper flaws in the structure of the economy, society, and food systems themselves. This report presents an overview of the tools- many...

Type Article
Year 2022
Level School District, State
State(s) Wisconsin
Source PBS Wisconsin
Policy Areas Education, Food, Health
Wisconsin school districts faced challenges with school lunch quality due to national supply chain and labor shortages during the pandemic. Student-led initiatives have pushed for better meals, but issues like smaller portions and poor quality persist. To tackle these challenges,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Food
Millions of Michigan residents are food insecure. Children, rural residents, people with disabilities, people of color, and seniors are most at risk. This report lists state federal policy recommendations to address food insecurity....
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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. This policy brief examines reports from across the country to learn more about where progress is being made to address childhood obesity....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Food
The state of Hawaii is in need of a comprehensive approach to helping Hawai'i families and supporting Hawai'i farmers during the time of COVID-19. This report proposes that through the CARES Act funding, Hawaii should spend $40 million on immediate needs between now and the end of...

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