Many policies that help make communities healthier start locally. But what if your state lawmakers suddenly passed legislation that took away the ability of community members, city councils, school districts, and counties to help prevent heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes? Some states have already passed laws that stop, limit, or discourage local communities from enacting commonsense policy solutions that help create environments where families have increased access to healthy foods; positive changes for communities that are proven to help kids grow up at a healthy weight and prevent disease.

Policies that stop, limit, or discourage local communities from enacting policy solutions are referred to as preemption. Below you will find resources that will help you address preemption in your own state.

In addition to the tools below, Voices for Healthy Kids’ team members are available for technical assistance to campaigns including strategy, media advocacy, grassroots, and more. If you need assistance, please reach out to


Preemption Messaging – All Audiences

Preemption Messaging – Countering Opposition

Preemption – Quotes from the Field

NEW STUDY: The Potential for Federal Preemption of State and Local Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes