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Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among New York State Adults by County, BRFSS 2016

“The report “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among New York State Adults by County, BRFSS 2016” presents the prevalence of daily sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption by county in NYS. SSBs are drinks with added sugar including: non-diet soft drinks/sodas, flavored juice drinks, sports drinks, sweetened tea, coffee drinks, energy drinks, and electrolyte replacement drinks. According to the report, 23.2% of adults drink at least one SSB per day in NYS. Within NYS, the prevalence of daily SSB consumption varies by county from 15.6% to 36.8%.
• Counties outside New York City with the highest prevalence are Jefferson (36.8%), Genesee (34.9%) and Livingston (33.3%).
• Counties outside New York City with the lowest prevalence are Yates (15.6%), Hamilton (16.4%), and Westchester (17.8%).
• Among New York City boroughs, prevalence is highest in Bronx (30.9%) and lowest in Richmond (16.7%).”

National Farm to School Month Fact Sheet

October is National Farm to School Month! This fact sheet offers an overview of National Farm to School Month and ideas for celebrating and taking action in your community.

Child Nutrition Site Visit Guide

The Child Nutrition Programs benefit millions of low-income children each day, providing healthy food both in and out of school. These programs are public policy at its best, and that is why it is critically important for advocates to invite Members of Congress, as well as state and local elected officials, to visit Child Nutrition Program sites. Seeing children engaged in activities and eating nutritious meals can move an elected official to become a champion for strengthening the programs. This fact sheet offers steps for organizing, planning and hosting a Child Nutrition site visit for Members of Congress, as well as state and local elected officials.

Social Determinants of Health

This website provides CDC resources for SDOH data, tools for action, programs, and policy. They may be used by people in public health, community organizations, and health care systems to assess SDOH and improve community well-being.

Fast Facts

The documents found at the links below provide facts from up-to-date studies and “fast facts” written in consumer friendly language. To reduce review time, materials developed using facts from these documents exactly as they are written will not need additional science review, which will reduce the overall product review time.

Sugary Drinks in America: Who’s Drinking What and How Much?

Over the last two decades, the sugary drink landscape has been changing. Between a plethora of new drinks on the market and reported changes in beverage sales, many people are confused or concerned about the current state of sugary drink sales and consumption patterns. This report describes the consumption and sales of sugary drinks in the United States over time and among demographic subgroups. Specifically, the report defines sugary drinks, describes health issues related to sugary drink consumption, and answers questions about how many sugary drinks are being consumed in the US and whether consumption patterns differ by age, race/ethnicity, and income.

Comparison of Nutrition Guidelines for Prepared Food

Increasing access to healthier foods and beverages in public places is a fast-growing movement across the country. This resource provides comparisons of nutrition-based and food-based standards for prepared foods sold or served at catered meetings and events, cafeterias and cafes, concessions stands, university campuses, and other public and private food service settings. Also included is a comparison of beverage standards for food service settings.

The Public Plate in New York State: Growing Health, Farms and Jobs with Local Food

Boosting public spending on fresh foods grown on New York State farms and served in schools, childcare centers, older adult centers, food pantries and other institutions, has the potential to improve health for more than six million New Yorkers, while increasing economic opportunities across the state. The new analysis of how food is purchased and consumed in public places reveals opportunities to improve current New York food procurement policies and practices in ways that will benefit communities across the state.

Healthier Food and Beverage Product Calculator

The Partnership for a Healthier America and the National Association of Convenience Stores launched a healthier product calculator. This healthier product calculator allows retailers, manufacturers and distributors to easily identify packaged foods and beverages that meet PHA’s Healthier Food and Beverage Product Criteria.

Food Hubs

Learn more about Food Hubs, including challenges, strategies, resources, and success.

Health Disparities Data Widget

Healthy People 2020’s data widget provides an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data that can be viewed by disparity type—including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex.

Video: How to Make More Money Selling Produce

The Oregon WIC Program released a new video to help smaller WIC authorized stores make more money selling produce while increasing the availability of fresh produce for WIC participants and the community. In the video, Joe Rossi of Rossi Farms, gives tips on how to boost profitability when you only have a small amount of space to sell produce.

Tools of Change: A Resource Catalog for Community Health

ChangeLab Solutions created a new catalog of resources for laws and policies to ensure everyday health for all, including access to affordable and healthy food and beverages and creating safe opportunities for physical activity.

Eastern Highlands Health District Toolkit

In 2015, in partnership with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA), EHHD was awarded a Plan4Health grant by the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). The focus of this grant is to support EHHD/CCAPA efforts to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods in the region’s towns by helping them link their planning and public health programs with a focus on healthier communities. This toolkit is designed to support the EHHD region towns, as well as any other small, rural towns, in these efforts. The EHHD and its CHART Coalition are actively working to help their communities create places where residents will have more opportunities to be physically active, eat healthy foods, and have fun!

New York State-New York City Regional Food Hubs Task Force Final Action Plan

Recommendations of the Regional Food Hubs Task Force. In December 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo formed the New York State and New York City Regional Food Hub Task Force at the statewide Farm-to-Table Upstate-Downstate Agricultural Summit. The goal of the Upstate-Downstate Summit was to boost production and consumption of New York State fresh and value-added foods. The Task force explored tools to increase access to fresh food, by helping smaller producers to reach local downstate markets. The Task Force was charged with identifying capital investments and policy solutions that advance these goals. Based on its research and analysis, the Task Force recommends the development of a NYS-NYC Regional Food Hubs System, organized within a framework of physical and programmatic initiatives to be developed and implemented in partnership with local stakeholders.

Building the business case for produce at convenience stores

This overview is divided into 7 sections:
1. Background: An overview of the convenience
store industry, produce sales and snacking trends
2. Opportunity: A look at demand, products and
consumer trends that can affect sales success
3. Consumer insights: A closer look at the customers
seeking out produce and how they shop in convenience
stores
4. Logistics and specifics: There are a number of
elements to consider in developing and executing
a successful produce program
5. Getting started: A primer for how to start a
program based on one retailer’s experience
6. Managing Fresh: An example of a fresh build-to
book and the methodology behind it
7. Next steps: There are other considerations to
be addressed

Convenience Stores and the “Fresh” Opportunity

Convenience Stores and the “Fresh” Opportunity explores the fresh and less processed food being offered by a cross section of convenience stores, including consumer perceptions of independent and chain-store meals and snacks. Matched with data on snacks, Millennials and female demographics, the white paper provides insights and recommendations on convenience-store shopping experiences, merchandising, store designs and fresh categories.

Food Business Pathways

White paper on an NYC program to assist public housing residents with small business ownership.

Freshest Cargo: Mobile Farmers’ Market

FRESHEST CARGO is a farmers’ market on wheels, bringing fresh, California-grown fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

Perspectives of Urban Corner Store Owners and Managers on Community Health Problems and Solutions

Urban corner store interventions have been implemented to improve access to and promote purchase of healthy foods. However, the perspectives of store owners and managers, who deliver and shape these interventions in collaboration with nonprofit, government, and academic partners, have been largely overlooked. The study sought to explore the views of store owners and managers on the role of their stores in the community and their beliefs about health problems and solutions in the community.

Running a Food Hub-Lessons Learned from the Field

In recent years, several surveys—including the 2013 National Food Hub Survey and the Food Hub Benchmarking Study—have collected data on U.S. food hubs. What seems to be lacking from the current research on food hubs is information on operations and “lessons learned” from those involved in starting and operating food hubs. To help fill this void, interviews were conducted with the leaders of 11 food hubs, using an open-ended, free-flowing format. This allowed for maximum flexibility during each interview and the ability to further capture the unique nature of each entity. The food hubs, located throughout the United States, represent a diversity of organization types, product offerings, operation structures, and missions.

ReFED Food Innovator Database and Policy Finder Tool

This is an outline of a webinar from ReFED, an organization dedicate to reducing food waste, on how to use their Innovator Database in dealing with excess food. The tool tells you who in your area to connect with that will use excess food. Their policy finder also allows you to see various policies dealing with excess waste across the country, which you can propose to your own local governments.

2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released the eighth annual County Health Rankings. The annual rankings provide a snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play, and provide a starting point for change in communities

Updated Community Garden Policy Reference Guide

The Public Health Law Center recently announced the release of their new and improved Community Garden Policy Reference Guide. The guide is organized around the steps of creating a garden designed to help community gardeners, advocates, and policymakers navigate potential legal and policy issues related to community gardening.

Resources to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption Among Latino Kids

Salud America! has released new materials on sugary drink consumption and Latino kids, including a research review, issue brief, and infographics. These new resources, available in English and Spanish, add to Salud America!’s library of existing materials on topics such as healthier schools, active spaces, healthy weight, and health equity.

2016 Food Policy Council Report

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future recently released the “2016 Food Policy Council Report,” which provides a summary of results from the 2016 Food Policy Council (FPC) survey. This report lists five active FPCs in New York State.

Center for Healthy Food Access

The Food Trust, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently announced the Center for Healthy Food Access launch. Its goals are to promote access to nutrition and affordable food for children nationwide, while catalyzing new ideas and sustaining recent progress around food access. Some initiative efforts include strengthening SNAP and WIC, improving school food and water quality, developing healthy food access venues in underserved areas, and working with businesses on healthy food marketing.

Community Health Media Center Resources

The Community Health Media Center (CHMC) provides free and low-cost advertisements and materials for use by health departments and nonprofit organizations. The advertisements and materials focus on the built environment, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and other chronic diseases or conditions. The CHMC includes television, radio, print, outdoor (e.g., billboard, transit), and web advertisements; as well as infographics and support materials such as brochures, fact sheets, flyers, posters, postcards. Browse the collection by visiting the CHMC website and creating an account.

Local Government Food Policy Database

The Growing Food Connections Local Government Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues: rural and urban food production, farmland protection, transfer of development rights, food aggregation and distribution infrastructure, local food purchasing and procurement, healthy food access, food policy councils, food policy coordination, food system metrics, tax reductions and exemptions for food infrastructure, and much more.

Tiendas Saludables: Cómo lograr que las tiendas sean sitios de compras más saludables (Spanish version of USDA resource, “Healthy Corner Stores: Making Corner Stores Healthier Places to Shop”)

In this USDA guide in Spanish, you will learn how to lay the groundwork for planning and implementing a successful program in your community. It’s important to note that all communities are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” corner store program that works for every State, city, or neighborhood. A number of case studies, resources, and best practice recommendations from organizations that have effectively maintained these programs are included for additional learning and support.

Healthy Corner Stores: Making Corner Stores Healthier Places to Shop

In this USDA guide, you will learn how to lay the groundwork for planning and implementing a successful program in your community. It’s important to note that all communities are different, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” corner store program that works for every State, city, or neighborhood. A number of case studies, resources, and best practice recommendations from organizations that have effectively maintained these programs are included for additional learning and support.

Healthy Community Design and Access to Healthy Food Legislation Database

This database of the National Conference of State Legislatures is a valuable tool for anyone interested in state-level legislation related to active living and healthy eating. Users can search by state, topic area(s), year, bill type, bill status, and/or bill number. The website also has a text search feature. This database can be used to develop local policy language and check that local policies are in line with state policies.

ENACT Local Policy Database

This policy database includes policies that have been enacted from a wide variety of states, jurisdictions, and topics. Users can refine their serach by filtering based on cities, counties, school districts, regional bodies, or special districts. The intended use is to provide sample policy language for jurisdictions looking to enact their own policies.

Stimulating Supermarket Development: A New Day for New York

The New York Supermarket Commission developed this report which makes nine recommendations, with the goal of protecting the health of children and families by ensuring access to affordable nutritious food. To reach this goal, they call on the city and state to put policies into place that ensure healthy retail.

Healthy Retail Playbook

CHSC Grantees can use this Healthy Retail Playbook to develop a comprehensive approach to improving the retail environment. These innovative resources – a series of conversation starters, a playbook, and a collaboration workbook – can help government agencies collaborate to create a retail environment where it?s easier to make healthy choices than unhealthy ones.

Green for Greens: Finding Public Funding for Healthy Food Retail

ChangeLab Solution’s Green for Greens guide discusses strategies to implement healthy food retail in situations where financing may be a barrier. This guide is divided into two sections. The first provides a general overview of economic development and ideas for how to approach economic development agencies with healthy food retail proposals. The second provides a comprehensive overview of local, state, and federal economic development programs that have been or could be used for healthy food retail projects.

Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy: A Guide to Growing Food on Public Property

Growing food on public property not only yields a diverse crop of fresh, healthy foods, but also promotes civic participation, public safety, food literacy, jobs skills, and urban greening. This guide provides users with the tools needed to access public land for growing fresh, healthy foods for the community.

Healthy Food and Small Stores

This report identify ways to overcome distribution challenges in the small food retail environment in ways that are profitable for businesses and provide better access to healthy food in stores.

Corner Stores

This tool offers concerned residents, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates ideas and strategies for improving small stores in underserved communities. It provides examples of challenges faced by residents wishing to improve the quality of local corner stores and identifies strategies used to overcome many of these challenges.

Incentives for Change: Rewarding Healthy Improvements to Small Food Stores

This brief offers suggested incentives for small food retailers. Incentives discussed include: education on local regulations, waiving administrative requirements, fees or taxes, lowering up-front costs to provide healthier options, training for owners, store renovations, and promotion to build business among new customers.

Healthy Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners

This chapter, part of the larger Healthy Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners, focuses on Distribution. The chapter discusses the public health role in sourcing and distributing healthier foods for retail venues, including local or regional foods.

CHLI Assessment

Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) contains assessments for six key community settings: afterschool child care sites, early childhood programs, neighborhoods, schools, work sites and the community at large. Each assessment contains questions about policies and practices that support healthy lifestyles. Each question provides a “best practice” or improvement idea for sites to implement

CDC CHANGE Tool

This CHANGE tool helps community teams (such as coalitions) develop their community action plan. This tool walks community team members through the assessment process and helps define and prioritize possible areas of improvement. Community-At-Large Sector, Community Institution/Organization Sector; Health Care Sector; School Sector; Work Site Sector

Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit

“Wholesome Wave’s Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit provides you with the tools to evaluate a food hub business’ readiness for investment. The Toolkit provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs along with available data in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance.

Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit

This report provides a toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security. It includes a general guide to community assessment and focused materials for examining six basic assessment components related to community food security. These include guides for profiling general community characteristics and community food resources as well as materials for assessing household food security, food resource accessibility, food availability and affordability, and community food production resources. Data collection tools include secondary data sources, focus group guides, and a food store survey instrument. It is designed for use by community-based nonprofit organizations and business groups, local government officials, private citizens, and community planners.

NEMS-CS

The NEMS Corner Store survey assesses the nutrition environments, specifically in corner stores. While similar to NEMS-S, NEMS-CS also measures canned and frozen fruits and vegetables as well as additional snack and beverage items commonly found in corner stores.

Sell Healthy! Guide

This guide is designed to support store owners in implementing healthy changes. Topics include products and displays, pricing and promotions, and store appearance.

Healthy Corner Store Initiative

The Food Trust created the Healthy Corner Store Initiative to support corner store owners committed to increasing the healthy food inventory in their stores and to encourage customers to make healthier choices. This report discusses the Healthy Corner Store Initiative model, programs, lessons learned, and evaluation.

Shop Healthy NYC Implementation Guide

Shop Healthy NYC has created this implementation guide for groups that are interested in transforming a neighborhood’s food environment by working not only with food retailers, but with food suppliers, distributors and other community groups.

Shop Healthy NYC Adopt a Shop Guide

Shop Healthy NYC has developed a guide for community residents and organizations interested in working with local food retailers to increase healthy offerings, like fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% whole wheat bread and low-salt canned goods. This guide provides tips for working with retailers to make healthful changes and for increasing community demand for these healthy offerings.

Starting a Food Hub: Successful Hubs Share Their Stories

This webinar brings together the stories of the formation and first year of three different, successful food hubs. Presenters share some of the best and worst decisions they made, including: what types of contacts they felt really helped their business to thrive; how much money they needed and where they got it; and others.

National Action Plan to Promote Health Through Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption 2015 Report Card

This report provides an update on the status of fruit and vegetable consumption in the US as of 2015. It provides a list of prioritized strategies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption in the following settings: nutrition promotion and marketing; supermarkets and other retailers; fruit and vegetable suppliers; restaurants and other food service establishments; schools, child care, and other institutions serving children/adolescents; work places; health care and health organizations; research and evaluation; and state and federal policy.

Healthy Food Access Portal

This website offers key strategies, organizations, resources, and success stories in the areas of grocery stores, co-ops, corner stores, farmers’ markets, food hubs, alternative markets, and healthy food marketing.

Food Market Measures Toolkit

This toolkit provides an overview of food market measures for the store environment, consumers, and store owners. It helps researchers and practitioners to select appropriate measurement tools for healthy retail work by compiling, categorizing, and describing relevant measurement tools in a user-friendly way.

Guide to Developing A Community Farmers Market

This Guide to Developing a Community Farmers Market can help market organizers to create a strong foundation for a successful, long term farmers market that will be a community asset and a valuable resource for both consumers and farmers. Tools include sample surveys for consumers, farmers and local businesses, a market site evaluation, job description, sample rules, sample market application, and other resources in NY State.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The Dietary Guidelines reflect the current body of nutrition science and provide recommendations to help Americans make healthy food and beverage choices and serve as the foundation for vital nutrition policies and programs across the United States. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the Nation’s go-to source for nutrition advice for public health professionals and is published every 5 years.

Putting Health on the Menu

ChangeLab Solutions developed this toolkit to describe how to create a strong healthy restaurant program, providing a variety of options and examples that communities can draw upon in establishing their own program. A modle healthy restaurant program agreement is also available.

Model Healthy Food System Resolution

ChangeLab Solutions developed this Model Healthy Food System Resolution to help community members and policymakers start their own conversation about how the local government can support a healthier food system. It suggests numerous actions that the local government could take to understand the local food system, and it establishes a Food Policy Council to continue the food system dialogue after the resolution is enacted.

Health on the Shelf

This toolkit describes how to create a strong healthy small food retailer certification program that requires participating stores to increase the variety of healthy foods they sell, reduce the offerings of unhealthy foods, and proactively market healthy options with help from a sponsoring agency or organization. It provides step-by-step instructions for developing a certification program, with numerous ideas and examples from existing programs.

Healthier Food Retail: An Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners

The purpose of the Action Guide for Public Health Practitioners is to provide guidance for public health practitioners on how to develop, implement, and partner on initiatives and activities around food retail in order to improve access, availability, and affordability of healthier foods and beverages. The guide is from the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO). With this guide, public health practitioners can begin work in healthier food retail or enhance work on existing healthier food retail activities with new ideas and practical tools and tips. This Action Guide will help practitioners consider the landscape of initiative options and engage in partnerships to support healthier food retail initiatives, assess the food retail environment, and evaluate healthier food retail initiatives.

Smart Food Choices: How to Implement Food Service Guidelines in Public Facilities

This document can help you implement food service guidelines in your government work site or other public facility to increase the availability of healthier choices at food service venues, including cafeterias, concession stands, snack bars, and vending machines. Audiences for this document include state and local health departments and other interested partners working to implement food service guidelines in government work sites and other public facilities.

Food Services Guidelines: Case Studies from States and Communities

This CDC report highlights five case studies of food and beverage guidelines developed to improve the food environment. Each case study includes goals and objectives, development and use of food service guidelines, onoing monitoring, and lessons learned. This report will share some insight about the process of developing and implementing food service guidelines that CDC hopes will help foster efforts of others.