Establish objectives Once you and the committee have conducted a food assessment to identify gaps, assets, and opportunities, you can develop objectives that will help you select effective activities to create change.
Once you have formed your committee, it is important to learn more about your community’s food landscape. To do this, you can conduct a food assessment. The food assessment needs to focus on the geographical area where your committee is dedicated to improving access to healthy foods.
Healthy eating is important to a person’s overall health, including preventing illness and disease. Poor nutrition can lead to obesity, early death, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Over the last 30 years, adult obesity has doubled and childhood obesity has tripled—resulting in more than two out of every three Americans being obese or overweight.
This was a major part of the discussion around limiting the amount of sugar in milk. As noted previously, the evidence available in the studies on the short-term decrease of milk consumption when sweetened, flavored milk was removed from schools, together with the experiences reported by the cities noted above, supported the expectation that there would be a negligible drop in consumption of milk,
During the year prior to the passage of the MA School Nutrition Bill, the Department of Public Health and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation convened an ad hoc advisory group to participate in a statewide dialogue intended to address school nutrition policy.
Over the past few years, many states have created nutritional standards for competitive foods and beverages sold in schools. A growing body of evidence suggests that schools can have strong nutrition standards while some of these schools have seen decreases in à la carte revenues, their school meals sales have increased leading to increases in overall profits.