Adopting healthy food procurement strategies to improve nutrition in city of los angeles government food service environments
Methods: We describe key steps to developing and implementing the purchasing guidelines, including DPH's role in providing technical assistance. Lessons learned with implementation and the nutrition changes made in the food service environments will be discussed within the context of population reach and public health impact.
Results: With approximately 10 departments purchasing food in the City of Los Angeles, there is a transformative opportunity to improve nutrition in approximately 98,000 meals per day. Cost and availability of healthier food, and collaboration with City departments and vendors are all important factors to successful implementation.
Discussion: The new City of Los Angeles purchasing guidelines represent a model for other cities/communities, supported by federal initiatives like CTG, to take similar action.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe the development process and integration of healthy food procurement strategies in City food purchasing guidelines. Discuss the technical support role provided by DPH and other community stakeholders. Identify key lessons learned including barriers and facilitators with the adoption and implementation of healthy food purchasing guidelines in City departments.
Keyword(s): Food and Nutrition
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I manage the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's initiative to improve nutrition in food service environments and promote healthy eating in school districts, County government facilities and other food service venues.
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.