Nutrition, Active Play & Screen Time Child Care Laws in Kansas
Child care providers are in a unique position to address the childhood obesity epidemic and tobacco-related health hazards. The Public Health Law Center has developed a series of resources designed to inform and support Kansas efforts to cultivate child care settings that promote healthy eating, positive exercise habits, and reduced screen time environments. This fact sheet outlines existing child care laws in Kansas dealing with these subjects.
A Kansas-based non-profit, Healthy Kids Challenge, developed nutrition standards for communities in Kansas. These recommended guidelines are closely aligned to standards developed by the National Alliance for Nutrition & Activity (NANA).
This tip sheet is an introductory roadmap for navigating food and beverage operations such as concession stands and snack bars, and highlights ways to maximize efficiencies as well as incorporate healthier options.
Healthy Vending and the Randolph Sheppard Act (2015)
Federal, state, and local governments can increase access to healthy foods and beverages by requiring all vending service providers to sell healthier options in vending machines on public property. Legally blind vendors can be particularly influential in what is sold in vending facilities located on government property because of the Randolph Sheppard Act. This fact sheet discusses the Randolph Sheppard Act and what the law means for healthy vending efforts.
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.
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.
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: Nutrition Standards (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 Nutrition Standards.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010: A Summary (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.
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.