Impacting Agriculture Policy to Reduce Childhood Obesity

April 12, 2010

Healthy Kids Challenge shares insights regarding the role of agriculture policy and childhood obesity.

Experts feel that American farm policy has contributed to an overabundance of high-calorie food that is cheap and easily accessible to families.

One policy recommendation is that Congress should recruit farmers as essential allies in the fight against obesity, through financial and other support that encourages the production of more fruit and vegetables.

What can you do?

  • Speak up for healthy agricultural policy changes and talk with your state and local government representatives.
  • Check out the Farm to School Program as a means to support family/small-scale farmers and child nutrition. See if your school is involved.
  • Purchase produce for your family from local farmer’s markets.

Does your school or youth program utilize local produce? Share your story!

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