Healthy Food

Healthy Food Our communities are drowning in a swamp of unhealthy junk food and beverages, leading to an epidemic of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and tooth decay. Added sugars in our food and drinks are a major threat to public health. And healthy food can be expensive and hard to find in many places.

Healthy Food America is on the frontlines of the fight to ensure that all people have access to healthy, nutritious food and are less exposed to unhealthy junk foods.

Healthy Food
Healthy Food

Healthy Food

Healthy Food We support community leaders across the nation who are advocating for policies and strategies like soda taxes and healthy food incentives to make healthy eating easier for all Americans.

We share the latest research and cutting edge policy and advocacy strategies so advocates can act on the best information and science to drive change in policy, food environments and industry practices.

A new study from University of Washington

led by HFA Executive Director Jim Krieger and University of Washington Associate Professor Jesse Jones-Smith is the first to use real-world tax data to describe the economic equity aspects of sweetened beverage taxes (SBTs). The study looked at taxes paid and benefits received from programs supported with tax revenues by people with lower and higher incomes in three cities with taxes. Not surprisingly, it found that people with lower incomes paid a larger proportion of their household income on SBTs compared to those with higher incomes, although the proportion of their incomes were quite small, ranging from 0.06% to 0.5% across the three cities.

Healthy Food
Healthy Food

The annual per person dollar amount paid in taxes was also small ($5.50- $31) and did not differ by income level. Notably, the study found the net tax effect was to redistribute dollars from higher to lower income households. The dollar amount of tax revenues funding programs targeted towards people with lower incomes is greater than the amount they pay in taxes. This suggests a SBT is a progressive, equitable public policy when tax revenues are intentionally invested in communities with lower incomes.

USDA is expanding access to and increasing consumption of safe, healthy, affordable foods essential to optimal health and well-being. Improving what Americans eat significantly reduces diet-related chronic diseases and disparities. Ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe and properly labeled helps to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Healthy food cannot be defined by nutritional quality alone.

With leadership and expertise from Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program, dedicated staff at health care facilities across North America are implementing policies and programs that support sustainable food systems. Using an environmental nutrition framework, they leverage their respected voices, purchasing power, investments and other assets to develop food systems that conserve and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and into the future.

Our industrial food system poses environmental and human health risks through reliance on synthetic pesticides, fossil-fuel-based fertilizers, antibiotics, and hormones, as well as low-wage laborers who face unsafe working conditions. We know that with dietary changes and reduced food waste we can feed a growing global population in a sustainable way that supports human and environmental health.

Through regional innovation hubs, we work with hospitals and communities to implement successful strategies for food system improvement. Hospitals that want additional tools and resources to prioritize healthy food in health care, develop cost-effective sustainability initiatives throughout hospital operations, and benchmark their success become Practice Greenhealth members. Practice Greenhealth is the leading membership and networking organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to hospitals and health systems across the United States.

Healthy food cannot be defined by nutritional quality alone.

With leadership and expertise from Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care program, dedicated staff at health care facilities across North America are implementing policies and programs that support sustainable food systems. Using an environmental nutrition framework, they leverage their respected voices, purchasing power, investments and other assets to develop food systems that conserve and renews natural resources, advances social justice and animal welfare, builds community wealth, and fulfills the food and nutrition needs of all eaters now and into the future.

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