Impacting the Food Environment through Procurement Policy Change

Date: Dec 07, 2011
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Nearly 30 percent of the calories consumed by the U.S. population today are from unhealthy foods, such as soft drinks, salty snacks, sweets, and desserts.  This translates into Americans consuming more food and more calories than thirty years ago with more fat and sweeteners per capita than at the beginning of the 20th century.  Healthy procurement policies can create healthier food environments in diverse settings, including employee cafeterias, correctional facilities, schools, child-care centers, public hospitals, senior centers, and parks. These policies can also potentially drive the reformulation of foods to promote healthier eating.

This presentation will address how procurement policy change is being implemented across the country through government policy and in private and public organizations.  The webinar will discuss the importance of procurement policies in creating a healthier work environment, how to successfully implement healthy procurement policies, and how to navigate different legal and policy issues that can arise with the implementation of healthy procurement policies.   Speakers from the American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center will address:

  • Impact of nutrition policy change in promoting healthier eating
  • National perspective on healthy procurement and vending policies and guidelines
  • Overcoming legal obstacles to improving food and beverage environments including the Randolph Sheppard Act, menu labeling and preemption, and First Amendment issues
  • Working with bids and contracts to promote healthy food and beverage environments
  • Translating policy change into implementation

Speakers include:

  • Debbie Hornor, Community Obesity Policy Manager, American Heart Association
  • Lara Jaskiewicz, Program Manager, Suburban Cook County CPPW, Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Mary Marrow, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
  • Anne Thorndike, Associate Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Laurie Whitsel, National Policy Research Director, American Heart Association

Presented in Partnership by:
The American Heart Association and the Public Health Law Center.

For more information on the Public Health Policy Change webinar series, click here.

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