142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

Annual Meeting Recordings are now available for purchase

Creating Communities for Healthier Aging: Connection via Food Systems Change

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

David Wallinga, MD, MPA , Healthy Food Action, St. Paul, MN
To lay the foundations for lifelong health, there is now increasing deliberate thought and research around what comprises a healthy community. We know health by and large is not created in a hospital or doctor's office. Rather, the "social determinants of health" comprise an array of factors embedded in the physical and non-physical fabric of communities: culture, education, environment and food systems. The presenter, founder of Healthy Food Action, focuses on the latter. How should one think about a food system that supports lifelong health? Given the strong science around a Mediterranean diet (and slower paced lifestyle), what would policies look like that ensure default food environments in American communities are ones that invent individuals to pursue it -- or not? We highlight research showing that the social connectivity and and happiness created by resilient local food systems can be measured, but is largely overlooked by public health research and policy. The presentation also include discussion of Farmacology, physician Daphne Miller's exploration of what small family farms can teach us about health and sustainability.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain broadly what constitutes a healthy community food environment in the context of aging. List three health lessons to be learned from the small, local sustainable farms, per the book Farmacology.

Keyword(s): Aging, Food Security

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on public health impacts of community food systems for 13 years. Was a Wm T Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow in Food Systems and Public Health at the Univ. of Minnesota, 2009-2010 and now Direct Healthy Food Action.
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.