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.
Removing unhealthy items from schools increases the likelihood that children will consume healthier beverages and foods.
Research has shown that removing unhealthy items from schools increases the likelihood that children will consume healthier beverages and foods. An increasing number of schools have adopted nutrition guidelines for competitive foods. Studies show that school food policies that restrict the sale of unhealthy foods and beverages lead to decreased availability of unhealthy food and beverage items and increased availability of healthy options. In turn, this change can result in healthier snack, food, and beverage consumption and can be effective in reducing childhood obesity. A study predicted an 18 percent reduction in prevalence of overweight or obesity in schools that prohibit the sale of unhealthy food during school meals.
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