Access to Healthy Food: Challenges and Opportunities
This document provides public health advocates, policymakers, and community organizers with an overview of key policy and legal strategies being pursued to reduce or prevent obesity by increasing access to healthy food.
This fact sheet provides an overview of the menu labeling law, which was part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This law requires that large chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments, and certain owners and operators of vending machines, post calorie information on their menus or machines, and make other nutrition information available on request. The law also restricts what menu labeling laws state and local governments may adopt.
These checklists are useful tools in the policy drafting and review process. The first checklist contains the steps in policy planning and drafting. The second checklist contains the elements that should be included in a policy. The final checklist contains questions for review of the policy to ensure that it is effective and comprehensive. Not every item will be relevant to every policy, but all should be considered.