The Role Of Agriculture Policy In Reducing Childhood Obesity

April 12, 2010

Healthy Kids Challenge shares insights regarding the role of agricultural policy and childhood obesity…along with our simple, every day, evidence-based solutions. 

Concerns:

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

Policy Recommendations:

From Health Affairs journal:

The White House should gather representatives of disparate health and agriculture communities together for a landmark conference on agriculture policy that would formulate strategies to grow healthier food and fight childhood obesity.

In addition, 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.

Solutions:

  • 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 improve the economic viability of family/small-scale farmers and child nutrition.
  • Support and 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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