251488 Building the Community that Ensures Healthy Food

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:25 PM

Megan Lott, MPH, RD , National Farm to School Network, Community Food Security Coalition, Washington, DC
Ensuring that communities have healthier food supplies through farmers markets, community supported agriculture, and farm to school programs was a strong focus of the 2007 farm bill. Under the current Administration these and other local food system issues have experienced a heightened level of interest as a means to both stimulate local economies and curb the obesity epidemic by increasing access to healthy, affordable food. As we enter the 2012 Farm Bill cycle, it is important to explore what, if any, improvements can be made to these programs that will further strengthen local food infrastructure and improve healthy food access for all. This will be the focus of one of the leaders in the Community Food Security movement.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Define the discretionary programs in the farm bill that enhance community food security 2. Assess the effectiveness of discretionary programs in the farm bill 3. Identify competing interests and political realities of advancing these programs in the 2012 farm bill.

Keywords: Public Health Policy, Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Associate Policy Director for the Community Food Security Coalition and participated in 2007 and 2012 farm bill activities and
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.