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Legislative Briefs: Government actions on obesity

October 2015

Local Food Policy Advisory Committee collects input on group's direction
The availability of healthy food, nutrition education, and other issues related to food systems all took center stage at the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee's 2015 Input Session on Sept. 29.
Based on group discussion and input, the session attendees came up with 10 broad strategy areas to improve equitable food access in New Orleans. FPAC co-chair Adrienne Mundorf, the Policy and Advocacy Manager at the Tulane Prevention Research Center, presented these strategies to nearly 100 participants at the Fit NOLA Fall Forum a few days later. The forum participants ranked the strategies in order of priority to address disparities in healthy food access. Among the top priorities were: increasing healthy food offered in school and out of school programs, financing for fresh fruit and vegetable prescription programs, increasing support for mentoring and business development of marginalized groups, and gardening and cooking education for kids and families.
FPAC will form several working groups to delve deeper into these issues going forward.
For more information about FPAC, contact Adrienne Mundorf at arathert@tulane.edu or 504-988-5174.

City's Fit NOLA initiative releases strategic plan
The City of New Orleans' Fit NOLA initiative released its plan to become one of the fittest cities in the nation at the Fit NOLA Fall Forum on Oct. 1. The plan covers how the initiative, a partnership of more than 100 organizations, businesses, educators, nonprofits, and advocates, will help children, families and individuals achieve healthy weight and overall fitness. Over the summer the Fit NOLA coordinating committee and sector chairs ironed out details on how the partnership is going to achieve its goals.
To read the strategic plan for Fit NOLA, visit bit.ly/FitNOLAStrategicplan.

(Photos courtesy of the French Market and Crescent Park: Dozens of attendees gave their input at the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee 2015 Input Session.)

Topics:   food environment , school food , nutrition , diet , policy , community health

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