Policy Options for Local Governments in Kansas: Increasing Access to Healthy Food (2015)
Local governments play a pivotal role in ensuring that community members have access to healthy food through local policies. For example, local governments can change zoning and taxing laws to make it easier to create new grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and community gardens. This resource describes the different types of policies that local governments can use to increase access to healthy food within their communities.
Farm to Child Care strategies support good nutrition and active play in child care settings. The Public Health Law Center has developed a series of resources designed to help child care providers and other early childhood educators understand how Farm to Child Care strategies complement existing licensing, quality ratings, and best practices standards, and can be integrated into child care programs to support healthy child development.
This resource outlines different steps to draft an effective policy. It was developed for specifically for on-going Kansas efforts to improve the food and physical activity environment. The tool is meant to be used in conjunction with technical assistance, including that provided by the Public Health Law Center.
A community food council examines how the local food system operates, and provides policy recommendations to improve that system. A food council is often made up of a diverse group of stakeholders for the purpose of improving the food environment within a particular community. The Public Health Law Center and its partners have developed a series of resources to support Food Policy Councils in Kansas.
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.
Creating And Sustaining A School Health Council (2011)
Developing a School Health Council is a critical step to promote health and wellness in the school setting. A School Health Council can play a critical role in monitoring the school’s environment to ensure that health and wellness concepts are consistently reinforced and to ensure community partnership in these efforts.
Taxing Sugar Drinks - A Policy Options Brief (2011)
This policy brief reviews the scientific evidence linking consumption of sugar drinks to obesity. It then evaluates the use of pricing policies as a tool to reduce consumption of these beverages and improve weight, while discussing potential drawbacks and likely industry opposition to these policies. Finally, this analysis summarizes some of the most recent national and state initiatives and considers future developments in the implementation of pricing policies to reduce the consumption of sugar drinks and improve weight in the United States.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: Afterschool Meal Program (2011)
The Act strengthens school food nutrition standards, increases access to and funding for school meals, and increases technical assistance to schools. It also strengthens school wellness policies, improves farm to school programs, expands afterschool meals programs for at-risk children, and establishes certification standards for food service personnel. In addition to this summary, the Public Health Law Center has created a set of fact sheets outlining several key areas of the Act, including the afterschool meal program.
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.
Community food insecurity is defined as a community’s lack of reasonable access to affordable quality food. This brief reviews two options to address community food insecurity. The first section reviews a Minneapolis ordinance that requires certain grocery stores to carry a minimum selection of perishable food items. The second section examines prohibitory zoning ordinances, such as one recently passed in Los Angeles, that prohibit or restrict the number of fast food restaurants in select communities.