Community

Voices for Healthy Kids supports policy changes that ensure all children in their communities will grow up at a healthy weight.

Children’s lives are shaped by their families and neighborhood. Some grow up with a bowl of fresh fruit always available, while others grow up without ever having enjoyed the crunch of a crisp apple. Parents and grandparents want to do the best for their families, but families need access to affordable foods and safe places to be active in their communities. Giving access drives a culture of health within communities. Our work is to generate change that provides greater access, including:

Healthy food financing initiatives — Support public funding to increase the amount of healthy food being offered in underserved communities.

SNAP — Support allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits at the market and/or funding for programs that significantly increase SNAP benefits when used on fruits and vegetables.

Healthy food procurement — Support healthy vending, service, and institutional feeding food procurement policy on government property.

Healthy restaurant meals — Ensure all restaurant meals marketed to children meet nutrition standards. Remove sugary drinks from all restaurant children’s meals.

Water pricing — Remove taxes levied on bottled and vended drinking water.

Bike and pedestrian appropriations — Support state and local financing mechanisms that create long-term funding for bicycling and walking.

Complete streets — At the state and local level, require that all road construction and reconstruction create complete streets that are safe and convenient for all users and all modes of transportation.

Shared use in schools — Support appropriations for state level reporting and implementation of shared use programs as well as incentives to schools to promote shared use. Clarify liability in those states that continue to need liability clarified.

Safe routes to school — Codify Safe Routes to School programs in state law, and secure state-level appropriations or Transportation Alternatives Program allocations for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.

Menu labeling in restaurants — Ensure calorie counts and nutrition information is available to consumers at the point of purchase in restaurants and other food service establishments.