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Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences: Report to Congress

Resource summarizes a national assessment of food deserts, their consequences, lessons learned, and policy options for increasing food access.

Access to Healthy Policy Options Brief [PDF–3.10MB]

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

Bringing People to Good Food and Good Food to People [PDF–9.24MB]

Presents recommendations for attracting and improving food retail by describing the challenges and successes in a Los Angeles neighborhood.

Farm to Work (Texas) [PDF–35.06KB]

Website provides essential components, resources required, and keys to success for creating a farm to work program in your area to enhance access of fresh produce to communities

Food Desert Locator

Database provides a spatial overview of low-income neighborhoods with high concentrations of people living far from a grocery store.

Fresh Produce for Underserved Communities Webinar

Series of webinars offer training for practitioners who want to partner with farmers' markets as a way to increase healthy food access.

Getting to Grocery: Tools for Attracting Healthy Food Retail to Underserved Neighborhoods [PDF–1.1MB]

Describes opportunities and challenges of attracting a grocery store to a neighborhood and lists tools for communities to use.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities [PDF–7.21MB]

Describes the most promising strategies to improve access to fresh, healthy food and transform communities.

Healthy Planning Guide [PDF–555KB]

Lists many ways in which local government can enact policy, systems, and environmental change to improve community health.

Healthy Vending and the Randolph Sheppard Act [PDF–686.58 KB]

Fact sheet discusses the Randolph Sheppard Act and what the law means for healthy vending efforts

Making Healthy Choices Possible: Practice-Oriented Lessons on Community Strategies for Environmental Change [PDF–2.16MB]

Focuses on changing nutrition and physical activity environments in a specific geographic area using communitywide tools across multiple sectors.

Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments [PDF–1.5MB]

Offers a comprehensive, cross-cutting review of policy, strategy, and program recommendations to create healthy eating and active living environments.

Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Tips and Tools for Community Change. Second Edition [PDF–2.26MB]

Includes examples, tips, and lessons from the Healthy Eating, Active Living program and details how successes were accomplished.

San Francisco: A Fresh Approach

Webinar that describes how a low-income neighborhood used redevelopment tools to attract a grocery store and transform a liquor store into a market filled with produce.

Sell Healthy! Guide [PDF–2.37MB]

Guide helps corner store owners with healthy product selection, pricing and display, promotion and marketing, and equipment and refrigeration.

The CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions [PDF–1.27MB]

Provides information for practitioners on targeted breastfeeding intervention strategies to increase breastfeeding.

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Farm to Institution Food Supply

WSDA Farm To School Start-Up Kit [PDF–947.34KB]

This kit assists schools as they consider their options and begin farm to school efforts

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Access for Communities

A Guide to Developing a Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy

Resource describes the benefits of sustainable food purchasing policies and lists strategies for creating and adopting one.

Access to Healthy Food: Challenges and Opportunities [PDF–3.10MB]

Policy brief provides an overview of key policy and legal strategies being pursued to reduce or prevent obesity by increasing access to healthy food

Active Living and Social Equity: Creating Healthy Communities for All Residents: A Guide for Local Governments [PDF–403KB]

Describes how local governments can design healthy communities for all residents and explains the connection between active living and social equity.

Counties and Local Food Systems: Ensuring Healthy Foods, Nurturing Healthy Children [PDF–1.11MB]

Guide offers suggestions and case studies for ways counties can improve food access to residents.

Cutting through the Red Tape: A Resource Guide for Local Food Policy Practitioners & Organizers [PDF–811KB]

Resource provides guidance to practitioners on how to work with local government and other partners to improve food access for residents.

Food Access Solutions to Create Healthy Counties [PDF–1.17MB]

Outlines five policy strategies that county leaders can implement to increase residents' access to healthy and affordable foods in urban and rural areas.

Food Policy Councils: Lessons Learned

Presents lessons learned from 30 years of food policy councils, including their purpose, structure, and successes and challenges.

Fresh Produce for Underserved Communities Webinar

Series of webinars offers training for practitioners who want to partner with farmers' markets as a way to increase healthy food access.

Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities [PDF–2.71MB]

This toolkit will help food policy councils identify critical needs in their local food system and successfully work to address them.

Green for Greens: Finding Public Funding for Healthy Food Retail [PDF–1.21MB]

Resource provides a general overview of economic development and ideas for approaching such agencies with healthy food retail proposals.

Growing Change: A Farm Bill Primer for Communities [PDF–1.97MB]

Guide shows the links between community leaders' work and federal agricultural policy and identifies ways local leaders can get involved in the Farm Bill reauthorization process.

Growing Healthy Food and Farm Policy: The Impact of Farm Bill Policies on Public Health [PDF–1.23MB]
Healthy Decatur: A Holistic Approach to Sustainability [PDF–736KB]

Outlines the strategies and long-term programs undertaken by residents and local government officials in Decatur, Georgia, to encourage active lifestyles.

Improving Access to Healthy Foods: A Guide for Policy Makers [PDF–594KB]

Outlines proactive steps that policymakers are taking in schools and government to increase access to nutritious food options.

Fresh Produce for Underserved Communities Webinar

Series of webinars offers training for practitioners who want to partner with farmers' markets as a way to increase healthy food access.

Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments [PDF–1.5MB]

Offers a comprehensive, cross-cutting review of policy, strategy, and program recommendations to create healthy eating and active living environments.

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health.

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

Contains 24 recommended obesity prevention strategies focusing on environmental and policy level change initiatives that can be implemented by local government and school districts to promote healthy eating and active living.

Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Tips and Tools for Community Change. Second Edition [PDF–2.66MB]

Provides examples, lessons learned, tips, and successes from the Healthy Eating, Active Living program.

Rural Obesity: Strategies to Support Rural Counties in Building Capacity [PDF–1.38MB]

Describes strategies that rural counties can use to build capacity for obesity prevention and provides recommendations about how the philanthropic community can help.

Strategies for Enhancing the Built Environment to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living

Describes built environment issues from the perspective of public health, environmental justice, sustainable food systems, economic development, equity, and climate change.

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Zoning, Licensing, and Government Tools

Community Gardens for Public Health Webinar

Webinar describing innovative ways in which communities have begun community gardens through policy, systems, and environmental change.

Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit for Building Healthy, Vibrant Communities [PDF–3.19MB]

Provides a fundamental introduction to economic development and redevelopment tools for nutrition and public health advocates.

Establishing Land Use Protections for Farmers' Markets [PDF–3.3MB]

Provides model land use policies and general plan and zoning language to support and protect farmers’ markets.

General Plans and Zoning: A Toolkit for Building Healthy, Vibrant Communities [PDF–4.22MB]

Provides fundamental information about how land use decisions are made and how nutrition and public health advocates can effectively participate in those decisions.

Healthier Communities through Redevelopment [PDF–3.34MB]

Provides an overview of redevelopment, how it's funded, and how it can be influenced by public health advocates to create a healthier built environment.

Healthy Development Measurement Tool

Provides a set of metrics to evaluate the extent to which land use plans, projects, or policies can advance human health.

Healthy Planning 101 Webinar

Webinar that describes how land-use and zoning policies are being used to promote healthy eating and active living.

Healthy Planning Guide [PDF–555KB]

Provides information about the influence of the built environment on health risks as well as strategies to ensure that neighborhoods are designed to support health equity and community well-being.

Healthy Planning Policies: A Compendium from California General Plans  [PDF–1.18MB]

Offers excerpts from general plans that aim to build healthier communities and reflect the growing diversity of strategies for integrating health into planning.

Housing and Health: New Opportunities for Dialogue and Action [PDF–1.5MB]

This concept paper explores the many ways in which housing affects health, and outlines next steps for fostering greater collaboration between the health and housing fields.

How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans [PDF–2.1MB]

Provides a progression of steps focused on the general plan and details a wide range of strategies to help create and implement policy change.

Land Use and Planning Policies to Support Community and Urban Gardening [PDF–322KB]

Resource lists a number of existing policies that support community and urban gardens.

Licensing for Lettuce: A Guide to the Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers [PDF–3.5MB]

Guide describes how to use the "Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers" product by CLS and implement it successfully in a community

Model Mobile Produce Cart Ordinance [PDF–588KB]

Outlines a streamlined permit program to make it easier for produce cart vendors to bring fresh fruits and vegetables into a neighborhood.

New Partnerships for Healthier Neighborhoods: Bringing Public Health and Redevelopment Together [PDF–1.28MB]

Describes how public health departments work with redevelopment agencies to incorporate innovative health-promoting strategies to help rebuild low-income or "blighted" neighborhoods.

Obesity Prevention on a Budget: Low- and No-Cost Policy Options to Increase Healthy Eating and Active Living [PDF–1.28MB]

Presents a range of budget-conscious policy approaches that leverage existing resources and partnerships to reduce local obesity rates by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Putting Business to Work for Health: Incentive Policies for the Private Sector [PDF–758KB]

Resource describes how incentives can benefit resident's health, business owners, and government as well as how to craft effective incentives to fit particular community needs.

Putting Health on the Menu: A Toolkit for Creating Healthy Restaurant Programs [PDF–2.53MB]

Toolkit describes how to create a strong healthy restaurant program and provides a variety of options and examples that communities can draw from in establishing their own program.

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Procuring Healthier Foods

A Guide to Developing a Sustainable Food Purchasing Policy

Resource describes strategies for creating and adopting sustainable food purchasing policies.

A School's Guide to Purchasing Washington-Grown Food

Resource provides a step-by-step guide to help school districts in Washington state increase their use of Washington-grown food in accordance with rules and regulations at all levels of government

Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement [PDF–1.72MB]

Outlines key considerations for schools that want to control the array of products sold or advertised to students and generate revenue while ensuring that all products meet wellness policy standards.

District Policy Establishing a Healthy Vending Program [PDF–267KB]

Offers a model vending policy that gives a school district the ability to control the products sold or advertised to students while continuing to generate revenue.

Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events [PDF–656KB]

Describes ways to offer healthy food and drinks at work site meetings and includes detailed lists of healthy choices.

Guidelines for Successful Healthy Vending Machines in Alabama [PDF–132KB]

Offers recommendations for promotion and pricing of healthy foods, lists of approved snacks, and additional resources.

Health and Sustainability Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations [PDF–151KB]

Proposes specific food, nutrition, and sustainability guidelines to complement the U.S. General Services Administration procurement guidelines that assist contractors in maximizing a healthier food service.

Health on the Shelf: A Guide to Healthy Small Food Retailer Certification Programs

Guide describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program with step-by-step instructions, ideas, and examples from existing programs

Healthier Vending Campaign at Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services [PDF–1.65MB]

Explains the process of partnering with a vendor to provide healthier foods to employees and offers data to demonstrate increased profits to the vendor after switching to healthier options.

Impacting the Food Environment through Procurement Policy Change

Webinar describes government, public, and private efforts to create and implement healthier procurement guidelines and positively impact the food environment.

Improving the Food Environment Through Nutrition Standards: A Guide for Government Procurement [PDF–652KB]

Provides practical guidance for local and state governments for developing, adopting, implementing, and evaluating a food procurement policy as well as valuable insight into the appropriateness and acceptability of these policies in other work site settings.

Licensing for Lettuce: A Guide to the Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers [PDF–3.5MB]

Guide describes how to use the "Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers" product by CLS and implement it successfully in a community

Making Change: A Guide to Healthier Vending for Municipalities [PDF–789.5KB]

Document explores different options for municipalities looking to develop a healthy vending policy to improve the food environment for people working for, visiting, and being served by local government agencies.

Model Healthy Municipal Snack and Beverage Vending Agreement

Agreement provides information for those tasked with drafting and negotiating municipal vending contracts, by offering model language to improve the food environment while maintaining a reasonable cash flow.

Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers

Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers helps ensure greater access to healthy foods in communities that need it most.

Model Wellness Policy Language for Water Access in Schools [PDF–2.57MB]

Describes a set of model goals and actions for schools to incorporate into their wellness policies that will make fresh drinking water available during mealtimes at no cost to students.

New York City Agency Food Standards [PDF–183KB]

Outlines nutrition standards for all foods purchased and served by New York City agencies, including schools, senior centers, homeless shelters, child care centers, after school programs, public hospitals, and parks.

Nutrition Standards for Foods in Schools [PDF–1.46MB]

Reports findings and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine about nutrition standards for foods and beverages offered in direct competition with school-provided meals and snacks.

Nutritional Guidelines for Products Sold in New York City Schools [PDF–100KB]

Lists all food and beverages approved for sale in New York City Schools.

Recommended Nutrition Standards for Foods Outside of School Meal Program [PDF–782KB]

Lists recommendations of appropriate nutritional standards for competitive foods at school.

Recommended Nutrition Standards for the Procurement of Foods and Beverages Offered in the Workplace [PDF–82KB]

Provides brief justification and guidelines for setting nutrition standards for foods and beverages procured for a work site.

Serving School Garden Produce in the Cafeteria [PDF–251KB]

Discusses federal law and policies, the model version of the food code used by most states, and local policies that may bear on programs that serve school garden produce in the cafeteria.

Understanding Healthy Procurement: Using Government's Purchasing Power to Increase Access to Healthy Food [PDF–1004.87KB]

Document provides information about the purhcasing power of government entities to improve the nutrition of food bought, served, or sold at government agencies

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Increasing Access via Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)⁄Women, Infants and Children (WIC)⁄Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)

Changes in the WIC Food Packages: A Toolkit for Partnering with Neighborhood Stores [PDF–1.15MB]

Resource describes recent changes in the WIC program and ways to partner with existing or potential WIC providers.

Fresh Produce for Underserved Communities Webinar

Series of webinars offer training for practitioners who want to partner with farmers' markets as a way to increase healthy food access.

Healthy Corner Stores for Healthy New Orleans Neighborhoods [PDF–2.95MB]

Describes food access, the challenges for small stores to offer healthy foods, and strategies, and tools (some included) for neighborhood advocates to improve access by partnering with corner store owners.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities [PDF–7.21MB]

Presents the argument for improving access to healthy food in low-income communities, solutions to close the access gap, and case studies of communities that have been successful.

Increasing Access: The Clark Park Farmers' Market SNAP⁄Food Stamp Pilot Program

Details a pilot program to provide wireless machines for SNAPEBT and credit cards to be used at farmers' markets.

Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets [PDF–3.29MB]

Examines why food stamp recipients have been excluded from using farmers' markets and lists recommendations to correct the problem.

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health.

SNAP/EBT at Your Farmers Market: Seven Steps for Success [PDF–9.87MB]

Resource explains how to include SNAP or EBT benefits at local farmers markets.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility [PDF–1.42MB]

Resource describes eligibility requirements for non-citizens in order to ensure all US residents who are eligible may receive nutrition assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers Markets: A How-To Handbook

Guide explains the benefits of accepting SNAP, how to install EBT machines at farmers markets, and how to implement a program successfully.

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Healthy Food Incentives

A Toolkit for Community Organizers & Storeowners: Delridge Healthy Corner Store Project [PDF–9.4MB]

Provides a tool kit for healthy corner stores created by a community coalition, neighborhood development organization, and college students that includes a manual for community organizers, a tool kit for store owners, and an appendix with templates of materials.

Bringing People to Good Food and Good Food to People [PDF–9.24MB]

Presents recommendations for attracting and improving food retail by describing the challenges and successes in a Los Angeles neighborhood.

Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit for Building Healthy, Vibrant Communities [PDF–3.19MB]

Provides a fundamental introduction to economic development and redevelopment tools for nutrition and public health advocates.

Food Access Solutions to Create Healthy Counties [PDF–1.17MB]

Outlines five policy strategies that county leaders can implement to increase residents' access to healthy and affordable foods in urban and rural areas.

Fresh Produce for Underserved Communities Webinar

Series of webinars offer training for practitioners who want to partner with farmers' markets as a way to increase healthy food access.

Getting to Grocery: Tools for Attracting Healthy Food Retail to Underserved Neighborhoods [PDF–1.1MB]

Describes opportunities and challenges of attracting a grocery store to a neighborhood and lists tools for community use.

Healthy Corner Stores for Healthy New Orleans Neighborhoods [PDF–2.95MB]

Describes food access, the challenges for small stores to offer healthy foods, and strategies and tools (some included) for neighborhood advocates to improve access by partnering with corner store owners.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities [PDF–7.21MB]

Presents the argument for improving access to healthy food in low-income communities, solutions to close the access gap, and case studies of communities that have been successful.

Healthy Planning Guide [PDF–555KB]

Lists planning tools, policy recommendations, action steps for public health, and potential partners to address a variety of health-related issues faced by communities, including poor or inadequate nutrition.

Healthy Planning Policies: A Compendium from California General Plans [PDF–1.18MB]

Offers excerpts from general plans that have taken steps to build healthier communities and reflect the growing diversity of strategies for integrating health into planning.

Marketing Ideas for Healthy Food in Remote Community Stores [PDF–290KB]

Suggests marketing tools for bringing healthy food into stores in rural locations, including practical tips on cooking demonstrations, store tours, rewards programs, and other promotional ideas.

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health.

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

Contains 24 recommended obesity prevention strategies focusing on environmental and policy level change initiatives that can be implemented by local governments and school districts to promote healthy eating and active living.

San Francisco: A Fresh Approach

Webinar that describes how a low-income neighborhood used redevelopment tools to attract a grocery store and transform a liquor store into a market filled with produce.

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Farm to Table

Delivering More: Scaling Up Farm-to-School Programs [PDF–1.38MB]

Describes four farm-to-school programs and seeks to address the need to reach more children and more schools by increasing distribution capacity.

Establishing Land Use Protections for Farmers' Markets [PDF–3.3MB]

Includes model land use policies for supporting and protecting farmers' markets and provides model general plan and zoning language to encourage these uses.

Farm-to-School Evaluation Toolkit [PDF–1.7MB]

Describes the efficient, relatively inexpensive, dietary assessment tool used to evaluate the impact that farm-to-school programs have on children's intake of fruits and vegetables at school.

Food Access Solutions to Create Healthy Counties [PDF–1.17MB]

Outlines five policy strategies that county leaders can implement to increase residents' access to healthy and affordable foods in urban and rural areas.

Healthy Decatur: A Holistic Approach to Sustainability [PDF–736KB]

Outlines the strategies and long-term programs undertaken by residents and local government officials in Decatur, Georgia, to encourage active lifestyles.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities [PDF–7.21MB]

Presents the argument for improving access to healthy food in low-income communities, solutions to close the access gap, and case studies of communities that have been successful.

Healthy Planning Guide [PDF–555KB]

Lists planning tools, policy recommendations, action steps for public health, and potential partners to address a variety of health-related issues faced by communities, including poor or inadequate nutrition.

Increasing Access: The Clark Park Farmers' Market SNAP⁄Food Stamp Pilot Program

Details a pilot program to provide wireless machines for SNAPEBT and credit cards to be used at a farmers' market.

Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

Resource includes an interactive map, blog, and resources related to the local food movement and where initiatives are happening at a local and regional level.

Obesity Prevention on a Budget: Low- and No-Cost Policy Options to Increase Healthy Eating and Active Living [PDF–2.39MB]

Presents a range of budget-conscious policy approaches that leverage existing resources and partnerships to reduce local obesity rates by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets [PDF–3.29MB]

Examines why food stamp recipients have been excluded from using farmers' markets and lists recommendations to correct the problem.

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health.

Recommended Community Strategies and Measurements to Prevent Obesity in the United States

Contains 24 recommended obesity prevention strategies focusing on environmental and policy level change initiatives that can be implemented by local government and school districts to promote healthy eating and active living.

Rural Obesity: Strategies to Support Rural Counties in Building Capacity [PDF–1.38MB]

Describes the Rural Obesity Initiative and includes efforts to develop successful obesity prevention policies and programs as well as recommendations on how the philanthropic community can support communities.

Serving School Garden Produce in the Cafeteria [PDF–251KB]

Discusses federal laws and policies, a model version of the food code utilized by most states, and local policies that support the offering of produce in schools.

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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Breaking Down the Chain: A Guide to the Soft Drink Industry [PDF–2.26MB]

Gives advocates and policy makers a detailed guide to the soft drink industry, including manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and sales.

Containing the Growth of Spending in the U.S. Health System [PDF–530KB]

Reviews data on health care spending growth, reasons for persistently high health care rates, and estimates on how savings could be made through prevention and policy changes.

Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement [PDF–1.72MB]

Outlines key considerations for schools that want to control the array of products sold or advertised to students and generate revenue while ensuring that all products meet wellness policy standards.

District Policy Establishing a Healthy Vending Program [PDF–267KB]

Offers a model vending policy that gives a school district the ability to control the products sold or advertised to students while continuing to generate revenue.

Funding Prevention in California: Lessons from Past Efforts to Raise Revenues

Explores past efforts to reduce consumption of unhealthy beverages and tobacco use, and analyzes why particular measures passed or failed.

Let's Go! 5210 Goes After School Toolkit

Offers a Tool Kit for child-care providers that promotes healthy lifestyles for children by including more fruits and vegetables and physical activity, less recreational screen time, and fewer sugary drinks.

Sugar Water Gets a Facelift: What Marketing Does for Soda

Describes how the soft drink industry is creating new and effective ways to market their products to keep current customers and attract new ones.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Fact Sheet: Flavored or Enhanced Waters [PDF–468KB]

Offers background on flavored or enhanced waters, including research findings and consumption trends over time, and provides the rationale to include flavored and enhanced waters in the sugar-sweetened beverage tax category.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Fact Sheets: Sports Drinks [PDF–149KB]

Offers background on sports drinks, including research findings and consumption trends over time, and provides the rationale to include sports drinks in the sugar-sweetened beverage tax category.

Water Access in Schools: Model Wellness Policy Language [PDF–2.57MB]

Presents a policy package for school districts that need to make fresh drinking water available to students during mealtimes at no cost and presents the case for why this alternative to sugary drinks can support children's health and learning ability.

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Working with Food Providers

A Toolkit for Community Organizers & Storeowners: Delridge Healthy Corner Store Project [PDF–9.4MB]

Provides a tool kit for healthy corner stores created by a community coalition, neighborhood development organization, and college students that includes a manual for community organizers, a tool kit for store owners, and an appendix with templates of materials.

Community Gardens for Public Health Webinar

Series of webinars describing innovative ways in which communities have begun community gardens through policy, systems, and environmental change.

Delivering More: Scaling Up Farm-to-School Programs [PDF–1.38MB]

Describes four farm-to-school programs and seeks to address the need to reach more children and more schools by increasing distribution capacity.

Developing a Healthy Beverage Vending Agreement [PDF–1.38MB]

Outlines key considerations for schools that want to control the array of products sold or advertised to students and generate revenue while ensuring that all products meet wellness policy standards.

District Policy Establishing a Healthy Vending Program [PDF–267KB]

Offers a model vending policy that gives a school district the ability to control the products sold or advertised to students while continuing to generate revenue.

Establishing and Operating a Community Farmers' Market [PDF–155KB]

Resource walks describes a process for starting and sustaining a farmers market.

Food Access Solutions to Create Healthy Counties [PDF–1.17MB]

Outlines five policy strategies that county leaders can implement to increase residents' access to healthy and affordable foods in urban and rural areas.

Fresh Produce for Underserved Communities Webinar

Series of webinars offer training for practitioners who want to partner with farmers' markets as a way to increase healthy food access.

Getting to Grocery: Tools for Attracting Healthy Food Retail to Underserved Neighborhoods [PDF–1.1MB]

Describes opportunities and challenges of attracting a grocery store to a neighborhood and lists tools for community use.

Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity [PDF–879KB]

Makes the case for partnering with and attracting grocery stores to underserved neighborhoods by summarizing key findings and lessons learned at a national conference of public health leaders and people in the food industry.

Healthier Vending Campaign at Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services [PDF–1.65MB]

Explains the process of partnering with a vendor to provide healthier foods to employees and offers data to demonstrate increased profits to the vendor after switching to healthier options.

Healthy Corner Stores for Healthy New Orleans Neighborhoods [PDF–2.95MB]

Discusses food access, the challenges for small stores to offer healthy foods, and strategies and tools (some included) for neighborhood advocates to improve access by partnering with corner store owners.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities [PDF–7.21MB]

Presents the argument for improving access to healthy food in low-income communities, solutions to close the access gap, and case studies of communities that have been successful.

How to Organize an Allotment Community Garden [PDF–4.47MB]

Provides a practice-based guide for neighborhood advocates or community leaders to create and sustain a community garden.

How to Start a Healthy Food Market

Offers guidance to school districts to create and sustain a school market.

Marketing Ideas for Healthy Food in Remote Community Stores [PDF–290KB]

Suggests marketing tools for bringing healthy food into stores in rural locations, including practical tips on cooking demonstrations, store tours, rewards programs, and other promotional ideas.

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health.

San Francisco: A Fresh Approach

Webinar that describes how a low-income neighborhood used redevelopment tools to attract a grocery store and transform a liquor store into a market filled with produce.

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