The government sector is critical to creating healthy communities. Policies adopted by local government promote the development of active and thriving communities and lead to better health outcomes. Government policies can significantly affect what is available to children, families and communities.


Strategy 1

Adopt healthy food and beverage guidelines for city vending machines in government facilities and at community events.

Strategy 2

Identify policy gaps and opportunities to include healthy eating and active living in all policies and planning documents.

Strategy 3

Use community health needs assessments as decision-making tool in policy development and planning decisions (for example, the Master Parks Plan and Transportation Plan).

Strategy 4

Establish joint-use policies with school districts to encourage the reciprocal use of recreational areas.

Strategy 5

Adopt Complete Streets policies and active transportation plans.

Strategy 6

Implement policies that support urban and rural agriculture and community gardens.

Strategy 7

Support and fund efforts to improve access to federal nutrition assistance and child nutrition programs.

Strategy 8

Participate in local coalitions or partnerships that aim to promote policy, systems, and environmental changes for active living and/or healthy eating.


Model Local Obesity Prevention Resolution
Support for proposing and adopting effective policies

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Create healthy food environments
Reduce access to and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
Increase participation in safe physical activity
Promote breastfeeding
Focus on early childhood

Develop and engage youth, families and communities
Partner with land use & regional planning efforts
Collaborate with food and nutrition programs
Focus on Policy & Advocacy