Making The Case For Stakeholders
Scientific evidence can help collaborations or coalitions make the case about the need for and efficacy of strategies to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease in their communities, especially for those strategies whose health outcomes are not often immediate.
Our Healthier Communities Initiatives are built on the concept that local communities can work together to give all community members healthy choices and support the pursuit of healthy lifestyles. More than 160 Ys are working in collaboration with community leaders to make changes in policies and the physical surroundings in those communities so that healthy living is within reach for individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Purchasing food from farmers' markets has wide-reaching impact. Providing vouchers to low-income populations increased vegetable and fruit consumption. Supplying school salad bars with fresh produce from farmers' markets increased salad bar participation across all grade levels.
Studies have found that improving mechanisms for purchasing foods from farmers’ markets has wide-reaching impact. For example, providing vouchers to low-income populations (seniors and WIC participants) for use at farmers’ markets increased vegetable and fruit consumption. In addition, providing homebound elders baskets of vegetables and fruits from farmers’ markets increased the percentage of elders who consumed five or more vegetables and fruits daily. Supplying school salad bars with fresh produce from farmers’ markets dramatically increased salad bar participation in schools across all grade levels. These increases in fresh produce consumption are expected to result in improved health.
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