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Legislative findings in support of the Healthy Food Zone Model Ordinance
This model law creates a healthy food zone around schools by regulating the location of fast food restaurants and mobile food vendors so that children are presented with healthy food options.
Local governments can promote healthy eating and active living in their communities by supporting local farmers' markets. Local farmers' markets provide fresh produce to community residents, support small farmers, serve as community gathering places, and revitalize community centers and downtown areas.
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 be more overweight or obese than their suburban and urban counterparts. This report argues that ensuring access to affordable, healthy beverages in rural areas is a key obesity prevention strategy. In addition, it outlines steps rural governments can take to adopt and implement healthy vending.
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 recommendations to address marketing through each channel. Additionally, it also outlines legal issues that most frequently arise when considering policies to address food marketing to young children.
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. This report outlines who sets procurement policies, how procurement policies are implemented, and what healthy procurement policies look like.
Tobacco retailer licensing (TRL) is a policy requiring all stores that sell tobacco to obtain a special license for the privilege of selling these products to consumers. TRL can be used to implement and enforce a variety of policies aimed at reducing access and exposure to tobacco products in the retail environment. This report offers ten strategies for creating and implementing effective TRL policies at the local level.
Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with many health and societal problems including chronic diseases, injuries, and violence. Limiting the days and hours of sale is one strategy that can prevent excessive alcohol consumption and related harms. This guide identifies state policies that specifically authorize localities to regulate the days and/or hours of alcohol sales.
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 government agencies give a competitive preference to locally grown food instead, government procurement can be used as a tool to improve American diets and benefit local food systems. This guide provides an overview of the factors affecting whether a state or local agency may specify a preference for procurement of locally produced food and agricultural products.
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 focus on the use of placement, promotions, pricing, and more to increase the accessibility of nutritious foods and beverages, and to limit the prevalence or visibility of tobacco products, non-nutritious foods and beverages, and alcohol in the retail environment.