251741 Building a healthy local food system to benefit every age

Monday, October 31, 2011: 11:30 AM

Gordon Walker, CEO, Jefferson Area Board for Aging , Jefferson Area Board for Aging, Charlottesville, VA
The prevalence of diet-related diseases in today's health care crisis is reason enough to improve our food system. Improved access to nutritious foods can happen most effectively on the local level, where a robust regional food system is established and promotes healthy aging through prudent local food choices. To ensure its sustainability for generations to come, individuals of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds must participate in the positive outcomes of an accessible and affordable local food system. By using a goal of providing more nutritious meals, JABA demonstrates how one objective can realize economy of scope and thus benefit persons of all ages.

This session will show how to bring organizations and residents together to (1) identify needs and establish goals in their community's food system, (2) determine how healthy, nutritious food can be accessible to all individuals, and (3) provide examples for engaging youth in community efforts and education. Ideally, each workshop participant will acquire tools to approach community needs with a synergistic approach to forming partnerships and using available resources whether implementing a local food system or undertaking any other community challenge.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Learn how Area Agencies on Aging can be catalysts in developing a vibrant, healthy local food system. Identify ways to increase access to local food by individuals of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Engage at-risk youth in building healthy food programs in their neighborhoods.

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I have been CEO of Jefferson Area Board for Aging for over 30 years. JABA is an area agency on aging in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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.