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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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Health
Local policy is more likely to generate lasting change if it responds to the needs and priorities of local residents and is grounded in their lived experiences. However, some state legislatures are using the legal doctrine of preemption to block local policy innovations. This report...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Finance & Procurement, Food
Government agencies often procure goods, including food, for use by employees, students, and community members. Generally, when a state or local agency purchases food, the agency uses a competitive process to find the supplier who can provide the lowest-priced goods. However, when...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Food, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Health, Children & Families
This report examines opportunities for cities to invest in innovative business models and approaches to address local food systems challenges. It suggests investing in supply-side infrastructure in rural areas, focusing on value addition from regional farms and technology development...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
For millions of Americans, accessing healthy food is no easy matter. In low-income communities, liquor stores and gas stations proliferate, while farmers' markets are hard to find. Nationally, 11.5 million low-income people live in low-income areas where the nearest supermarket is...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Finance & Procurement, Food
State and local governments can improve residents’ diets by exercising their power to purchase goods and services. By adopting healthy procurement policies, governments can improve public health, lower overall costs, and provide leadership for the private sector to do the same....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Community Development, Food, Public Spaces
This report explains how a "Healthy Food Zone Ordinance" can regulate the proximity of fast food restaurants and convenience stores to schools, parks, childcare centers, or other locations frequented by children. It also includes a model ordinance which prohibits fast food restaurants...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Grassroots Change
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Health, Children & Families, Food, Environment & Natural Resources
Coordinated messaging from industry lobbyists and state legislators who support preemption is similar or identical across issues and states. This document lays out a number of predictable pro-preemption statements or messages, followed by accurate messages you can use to refute them,...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Missouri
Source Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Food
This ordinance defines and outlines regulations for home gardens, community gardens, and community supported agriculture....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food, Environment & Natural Resources, Economic Justice, Community Development, Public Spaces
This policy outlines how zoning laws can be used to facilitate urban agriculture in order to promote public health, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. It explains where urban farming should be located, how it can be legally approved, and the standards that should...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food
Within cities, residents face stark disparities in their access to fresh, healthy produce, with low-income communities often the most affected by this limited access. Inequitable access to food perpetuates poor health outcomes among low-income populations and undermines efforts to...

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 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 Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Public Spaces
Passing a local resolution is one way for communities to promote obesity prevention policies. This report outlines NPLAN's model obesity prevention resolution, explaining how it works and the specific policies it promotes. It focuses on ten areas of improvement: (1) the built environment,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Food, Health, Children & Families
This guide focuses on the role that regional food hubs play in addressing the distribution challenges faced by producers and increasing access to larger markets. The guide addresses frequently asked questions about regional food hubs, including their definition, impacts, barriers...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance, Food, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Bringing a grocery store into an underserved neighborhood not only makes fresh produce and other healthy food more accessible, it can provide livingwage jobs, raise the value of surrounding property, and anchor and attract additional businesses to the neighborhood. A wide range of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Utah
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
Salt Lake City tackled issues of fresh and healthy food availability via Resident Food Equity Advisors. Their goal was to create an equitable community food system that increased access to healthy, organic, and culturally relevant foods for historically underrepresented and underserved...

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 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source ChangeLab Solutions
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families, Food
The vast majority of food marketing to young kids promotes unhealthy foods and beverages. This report describes the many channels through which young children are exposed to unhealthy food marketing (i.e. outdoor advertising, broadcast media, digital media, etc) and provides policy...

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 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 Article
Year 2023
Level State
State(s) California, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont
Source CNBC
Policy Areas Education, Food, Health
Some states are reinstating a federal pandemic-era policy that provided free school meals to all children, regardless of income. This expansion was in place for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years but was not extended for the 2022-23 school year. Nine states have passed legislation...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Mendocino County City Council
Policy Areas Food
This ordinance makes it unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County....

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