245058 Principles for a Healthy Sustainable Food System: A Foundation for Healthier, More Just Communities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:30 PM

David Wallinga, MD, MPA , Food and Health Program, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, Minneapolis, DC
Policy and environmental changes have been key contributors to the epidemics of obesity and related disease. To address these epidemics will therefore require concerted and coordinated efforts to create policies that support healthier community food systems and environments. Broad support for this change can be fostered by public health agencies and professionals articulating their vision for healthier, more sustainable food systems along with potential partners outside of public health, to coordinate work to bring about this vision together. That is why APHA is pleased to have co-developed the Principles for a Healthy Sustainable Food System (www.HealthyFoodSystem.org ) along with nurses, dieticians and planners. APHA encourages its members to use these principles as a launching pad for working to create healthier food systems in their own communities. Examples of how public health professionals can engage these principles and collaborate with other disciplines will be presented.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. List up to three specific examples of policy and/or environmental changes necessary to address obesity and related disease 2. Explain the need for multidisciplinary work to improve America’s food systems to support healthy communities 3. Identify opportunities for public health practitioners to engage in multidisciplinary food systems work

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 15 years of experience working on food policy issues and co-direct the Food and Health program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. I also helped develop the principles which will be the focus of this session.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.