The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) is pleased to announce the release of four new Health Impact Statements: “Increasing Physical Activity at Schools in New York State”, “Improving Nutrition at Schools in New York State”, “Implementing Food Standards in New York State”, and “Increasing Breastfeeding in New York State”. From 2013-2018, NYS DOH received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the problem of obesity by increasing physical activity opportunities for students; improving the nutrition environment for students; implementing food service guidelines at community sites including work places, hospitals, municipalities and community-based organizations; and promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding in hospitals, health care practices, worksites and community organizations. The attached reports summarize the impact that this funding had on children and adults in NYS. Each report includes a description of the problem, the intervention, and the health impact. These reports have been approved for public use. Feel free to share them with partners or colleagues that are involved in initiatives to decrease obesity, increase physical activity, improve nutrition, and increase breastfeeding.
Healthy schools need healthy role models. What’s a better way to start than to host a healthy staff meeting? Adding physical activity breaks or nutritious snacks can help staff stay attentive during meetings, get excited about school wellness, and help reinforce your efforts to become a healthy school. Plus, if students see staff practicing what they preach, they are more likely to want to practice those healthy behaviors themselves. Here are a few ideas to make your next school staff meeting a little bit healthier:
Encourage your local hospitals to increase access to healthy foods using the Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge.
To better understand the facilitators and barriers of implementing healthy food service guidelines, CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) supported a project by the North Carolina Institute of Public Health (NCIPH) to examine five hospitals and four federal worksite food service operators across the country. The findings are published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and describe the experiences of food service operators in implementing healthy food service guidelines and identifies implementation facilitators and barriers. NCIPH conducted additional follow-up with food service operators that were most successful in implementing the food service guidelines and published five Success Stories at the following websites that highlight the implementation challenges and solutions and synthesized keys to success for each individual hospital or federal worksite food service operator.
CSPI developed a new infographic that lays out nine simple, low-cost tips to support healthy choices at meetings and conferences. We all know that the workplace environment can have a major influence on employee health. Unfortunately, the food served at meetings is typically calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, and day-long conferences set aside little time for physical activity. CSPI’s infographic helps encourage and inform organizations looking to provide a healthier meeting environment. View the resource here: Healthy Meeting Hacks Infographic Final
Developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA), this toolkit includes guidance on key components of a healthy meeting and resources to help make hosting healthy meetings easier.
This website has information related to food and nutrition guidelines for government, worksites, hospitals, and organizations including links to fact sheets/background, model polices, and toolkits.
This document proposes specific food, nutrition, and sustainability guidelines to complement the GSA procurement guidelines related to Wellness and Sustainability Requirements for Contracts at federal facilities
This toolkit is designed for anyone involved with workplace food and beverages, from the office vending machine to an off-site special event involving catering. The goal is to provide practical, actionable suggestions that are easy to understand and apply. Provides guidance for leadership and management, meetings and events, vending machines, caterers and food vendors, and by food category.