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Health and Nutrition

Healthy Agriculture
ChangeLab Solutions, Childhood Obesity Program
This website provides a “suite of materials for health advocates who want to collaborate with the agricultural sector” in order to improve access to healthy food.


The Farm Bill & Public Health: A Primer for Public Health Professionals
American Public Health Association
This resource provides public health professionals with a “summary of the major components of the Farm Bill and their connections to public health.”


Research by Topic: Nutrition Programs
National Agricultural Law Center
This website covers key nutrition issues including federal nutrition, meal service, and food distribution programs.  The page contains links to the major statutes, regulations, case law, and administrative decisions concerning nutrition programs, among other resources.


School Food Policies
Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law
This website provides links to fact sheets and policy briefs explaining the laws and policies that impact the administration of school nutrition programs.


Making Schools Healthier
ChangeLab Solutions
This website provides access to toolkits, fact sheets, and reports on creating healthy food zones, limiting food marketing at schools, and other strategies for schools to support children’s health.


Nutrition Resources for Health Professionals
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This website compiles tools to help health professionals translate “nutrition knowledge into strategies, programs, and polices that can help Americans make healthier food choices.”


Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and United States Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS)
This federal resource serves as a dietary guideline for consumers, but also for policy makers as they construct federal health and nutrition programs.  It includes a number of recommendations on how to make Americans healthier, as well as a general explanation of what it means to eat healthily.  Moreover, “[t]he Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.”


Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and United States Department of Health and Human Services (USHHS)
This federal resource serves as a dietary guideline for consumers, but also for policy makers as they construct federal health and nutrition programs.  It includes a number of recommendations on how to make Americans healthier, as well as a general explanation of what it means to eat healthily.  Moreover, “[t]he Dietary Guidelines for Americans serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.”


Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers
ChangeLab Solutions, National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity
This Model Licensing Ordinance for Healthy Food Retailers and accompanying guide outline one strategy for encouraging food retailers to stock healthier products.


UrbanAgLaw Topics: Food, Ag, and Health Regulations
Sustainable Economies Law Center
This website provides information about agricultural, health, and safety regulations affecting commercial urban farm operations on federal, state and local levels and is organized according to the type of agricultural product being sold.  The page also includes many links to useful websites that cover a variety of regulatory issues pertinent to urban farming operations.


Food Choices & Health
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS)
This website offers information on health and nutrition and how they interact with education, information, access to food, and consumer demand.  The page includes links to related and relevant data, reports, and articles.