FLOTUS, Michelle Obama’s 11 recommendations to end childhood obesity in low-income children.
May 18, 2010 § 2 Comments
The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, headed by First Lady, Michelle Obama, has released a 70-point plan for reducing childhood obesity within a generation. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two-thirds of American adults and 15 percent of American children are overweight or obese. “Food deserts,” higher prices for healthy foods, and a lack of resources to help families to make healthy choices can make it difficult for children living in low-income households to access healthy food.
Below is a summary of the plan’s 11 recommendations addressing access to healthy, affordable food (click here to download a PDF). Each recommendation includes a benchmark for success. Click here to download the entire plan.
Which recommendations do you think would work in Central Texas?
- Launch a multi-year, multi-agency Healthy Food Financing Initiative to leverage private funds to increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods in underserved urban and rural communities across the county.
- Local governments should be encouraged to create incentives to attract supermarkets and grocery stores to underserved neighborhoods and improve transportation routes to healthy food retailers.
- Food distributors should be encouraged to explore ways to use their existing distribution chains and systems to bring fresh and healthy foods into underserved communities.
- Encourage communities to promote efforts to provide fruits and vegetables in a variety of settings and encourage the establishment and use of direct-to-consumer marketing outlets such as farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture subscriptions.
- Encourage the establishment of regional, city, or county food policy councils to enhance comprehensive food system policy that improve health (Austin has a Sustainable Food Policy Board . CAFB President & CEO David Davenport is a member).
- Encourage publicly and privately-managed facilities that serve children, such as hospitals, after-school programs, recreation centers, and parks (including national parks) to implement policies and practices, consistent with the Dietary Guidelines, to promote healthy foods and beverages and reduce or eliminate the availability of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods.
- Provide economic incentives to increase production of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as create greater access to local and healthy food for consumers.
- Demonstrate and evaluate the effect of targeted subsidies on purchases of healthy food through nutrition assistance programs.
- Analyze the effect of state and local sales tax on less healthy, energy-dense foods.
- The food, beverage, and restaurant industries should be encouraged to use their creativity and resources to develop or reformulate more healthful foods for children and young people.
- Increase participation rates in USDA nutrition assistance programs through creative outreach and improved customer service, state adoption of improved policy options and technology systems, and effective practices to ensure ready access to nutrition assistance program benefits, especially for children (CAFB is sponsoring 22 Summer Food Service Program sites in Travis County to nourish children and help families who might otherwise go without this summer. Click here to learn more.)