10-01-Obesity-Prevention.pdf - 10-01 STATEMENT OF POLICY Obesity Prevention Policy Using a systems approach to addressing obesity prevention and

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10-01 STATEMENT OF POLICY Obesity Prevention Policy Using a systems approach to addressing obesity prevention and reduction of resulting chronic diseases will require the following: policy and legislation systems-based reform, changes to the built and physical environment, sugar-sweetened beverage reduction and funding. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports and recommends the following activities for the prevention of obesity and reduction of resulting chronic diseases: Local communities should increase community access to healthy foods by creating incentive programs to offer to current food retailers and to attract new retailers and farmers markets to underserved and food desert areas. Local communities should promote use of Farm-to-School and school garden programs. Local communities should reinforce compliance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule implementing Section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, which requires menu labeling of local restaurants. 2 Local communities should work with restaurants to ensure nutrition information is available in multiple formats and languages to create an inclusive approach to education. 3 The FDA should commence regulatory action to sharply lower the added-sugar content and reduce container size in soft drinks and similar beverages; encourage the beverage industry to voluntarily reduce sugar levels, packaging size, and the marketing of other high-sugar foods; and mount, perhaps together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture, a high-profile education campaign to encourage consumers to choose lower-sugar or unsweetened foods and beverages. Local communities should promote and collaborate with healthy eating and active living educational programs and policies, in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Local governments should increase the number of potable water outlets in workplaces, schools, childcare facilities, public spaces, and vending areas.
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2 Local governments should address the marketing and placement of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages, in supermarkets to reduce consumption of these items. 4,5,6 Local governments should promote the reduction of consumption of calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods, including sugar-sweetened beverages, through portion control recommendations, retail marketing and placement, and limiting government procurement, and availability of sugar-sweetened beverages. Congress and/or local governments should mandate and implement strong nutrition standards limiting access to calorie-dense, nutrient-poor foods and beverages available in government-run or -regulated after-school programs, recreation centers, parks, and child care facilities.
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