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Research, Data & Reports

USDA Food Pyramid

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Dr. Marion Nestle's book exposes the relationship between government and the food industry. Dr. Nestle discusses the food industry's political and marketing strategies that influence what we know and what we eat.

Obesity as A Public Health Issue: A look at Solutions
The Harvard Forums on Health, a project of Harvard University's Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, commissioned Lake Snell Perry & Associates (LSPA) to conduct a national poll to explore the public's knowledge about obesity as a public health issue and their opinions about various policy options to fight obesity in adults and children.

Transportation and Food: The Importance of Access
In this policy brief the Community Food Security Coalition describes the link between transportation and food access and discusses ways that transportation and food policies and advocates can converge to address issues of improved access to food.

Transportation and Health
A fact sheet of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, this document succinctly describes links between our current transportation infrastructure, obesity, asthma and safety.

Programs & Organizations

Chautauqua County Steps to a HealthierNY website focuses on reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity and asthma by addressing three related risk factors: physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use

Live Light ... Live Right Obesity Program for Children and Adolescents

NYS Activ8 Kids Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Program

NYS Department of Health Obesity and Overweight Prevention

Leadership for Active Living
This national initiative works with government leaders, policy makers and local leaders to create and promote active living communities. Active living communities encourage residents to be more physically active through pedestrian and bicycle oriented design and planning.

Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization that provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities.

Policy Issues

Commercial Alert's Childhood Obesity Agenda for States, Municipalities, and School Boards
A platform that calls for banning the sale and marketing of junk food in schools.

Local Government Commission Restricting Television Advertising to Children
Other countries have worked to restrict and limit television marketing and advertising to children. Prevention Institute highlights some of these efforts in this brief, one of a series written for the Center for Health Improvement Nutrition Policy Profiles.

Take Charge Challenge -- New Mexico Department of Health Physical Activity Policy
CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion highlights four policies in their State-Based Physical Activity Directory, one of which is the Take Charge Challenge that encourages physical activity among State employees. The policy currently allows employees to use up to three one-half-hour periods of work-time to participate in the fitness activity of their choice.

TEA-21: Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
Provides funds to states that can then pass on grants to locales to make safety improvements. Traffic safety and road improvements can make roads more safe and walkable and encourage activity.

WIC Reauthorization Toolkit
Everything you need to learn about the process, the proposals, the players, and the key obesity prevention issues, all in easy format, hard copy or on the web.

Additional Resources

Policy Link's Equitable Development Toolkit
Economic development and equity are at the heart of many issues concerning food access and neighborhood well-being. Policy Link offers an extensive on-line reference describing specific tactics and policies for strengthening a community's economic base, structuring development and creating policies that link people to key destinations.

REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) 2010
The REACH 2010 demonstration project is led primarily by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to target six priority health areas: infant mortality, breast and cervical cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, child and/or adult immunization levels and HIV/AIDS.