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.
Healthier foods make people feel better than unhealthy foods, and people are often more satisfied with healthy menu items than with regular menu items. Offering healthier items on restaurant menus and promoting those items increases the opportunity for healthier dining choices.
Offering healthier items on restaurant menus and promoting those items increases the opportunity for customers to make healthier dining choices. Studies have found that with more availability of healthy choices, the demand for healthier items increases, although this effect was not consistently significant over time across studies. In addition, satisfaction with healthy menu items was significantly higher than satisfaction with regular menu items. Customers who patronized restaurants that promoted healthy options were
found to recognize the healthier menu items and increase their consumption of these healthier items at the restaurant.
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