- (Focus Area) Food
Compared to other youth age groups, adolescents in particular have the lowest quality diets and the highest rates of obesity in the United States. Childhood and teen obesity has increased over the last several decades and rates are at an all-time high in the United States and California, specifically. As obesity in formative years progresses into adulthood, it is imperative that measures be taken to slow this trajectory.
This concern prompts the need for novel obesity prevention programs. One potential contributor is a lack of food literacy, which involves having the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy dietary choices. However, programs aimed at improving food literacy in adolescents are lacking. Therefore, there is a...
Working with caregivers of infants and young children revealed the need for simple yet meaningful information about food safety. These clientele often ask the “how long” questions, which usually relate to a range of food safety queries.
- How long do I need to wash my hands?
- How long can food stay out of the refrigerator?
- How long can I keep pumped breastmilk or prepared infant formula at room temperature?
A comprehensive yet concise resource available for clientele to take home for reference was difficult to find. While there is a lot of information available from a variety of reputable sources, finding answers to the most...
- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
- Author: Chelsey LeeAnn Slattery
Children and adolescents with physical and intellectual disabilities tend to have a higher prevalence of obesity (BMI of 30.0 or higher) compared to their non-disabled peers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates for children (ages 2-17) with disabilities are 38% higher than for children without disabilities. This was determined from the results of the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Obesity and disability are health conditions that have been increasing globally and growing evidence suggests that there is a strong link between...
Across the United States, land use policies and institutional discrimination have had major implications for the production and distribution of our food and has shaped and continue to reinforce inequitable access to food and food production. As a result, today “white, non-Hispanic and male farmers own more land and generate more farm-related wealth than farmers of color, with Hispanic ethnicity, and females.” While the profit from food production has become concentrated in the hands of a few, typically...
- Author: Clare Gupta
- Author: Julia Van Soelen Kim
In a growing number of communities, food policy councils (also called “food system alliances”) have emerged to address gaps in local policies that focus on food. Most communities have transportation, housing or land use policies, but food policies are frequently missing. Food policy councils (FPCs) are an important way to bring community members together with local government to promote the social, economic and environmental health of local and regional food systems.
Food policy councils are made up of representatives from many sectors in the food system, including farmers, distributors, retailers, food service operations, government agencies (like public health, county social services and county agriculture...