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Goals:

  • Prevent and reduce obesity
  • Improve nutrition in accordance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

Lancaster County Priorities:

  • Baby friendly hospitals
  • Improvement of food access in Lancaster County
  • Prescriptions for healthy eating
  • Community Supported Agriculture to the workplace

 Lancaster County Data:

  • Adults who are obese
  • Children who are obese: K-6
  • Teens who are obese: 7-12
  • Fruit and veggie consumption
  • Households without a car and >1 mile from a grocery store
  • SNAP certified stores
  • Food deserts in Lancaster County

Lighten Up Lancaster County Initiatives:

  • Healthy Vending Program
  • Farm to School/Institution Initiative
  • Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
  • Policy Change for Fresh Food Access
  • Prescriptions for Healthy Eating

Click here to visit Lighten Up Lancaster County's Get Healthy webpage.



Get Involved

General

Healthier Vending
Lancaster County Healthier Vending Toolkit (Complete)

Introduction to Healthier Vending
For Businesses
For Schools
For Other Organizations
Healthier Vending Guidelines, Resources, & Tools
Appendix
References

Word Documents:
Best Practice #3: Healthier Vending Policy
Best Practice #4: Food and Beverage Policy
Best Practice #5: Pricing Subcommittee Form
Best Practice #7: Healthier Vending Poster
Best Practice #9: Organizational Memo
Best Practice #10: Re-stocking Log
Best Practice #11: Letter to Your Vendor
Best Practice #13: Letter to Your Vendor- Snack List Request
Best Practice #18: Survey
Best Practice #23: Snack and Beverage Stickers
 

Resources

CDC: Healthy Weight - it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle!

CDC: Nutrition for Everyone

US Surgeon General

Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010

Let’s Move Healthy Lunch Challenge Cookbook

Roadmap to Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments

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Workplaces

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a Healthier Vending policy
  • Adopt Healthy Food & Meeting policies
  • Establish a Community Supported Agriculture to the workplace program
  • Establish a Worksite Farmers’ Market
  • Adopt a comprehensive employee wellness program policy
  • Adopt a farm to institution program
  • Adopt a policy that limits the advertising and promotion of less healthy foods and beverages
  • Establish a workplace wellness committee
  • Fund healthy eating programs
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing healthy eating.
  • Establish a Worksite Wellness Program

Resources

LiveWELL Lancaster County Healthy Vending toolkit

CDC Nutritious Eating toolkits

Texas Department of State Health Services Worksite Wellness Program

Eat Smart Move More worksite Wellness Toolkit

Partnership for Prevention

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Schools

How You Can Help

  • Implement Farm-to-School practices and policies.
  • Adopt healthy concessions and celebrations policies
  • Adopt a Healthier Vending policy
  • Adopt a Healthy Afterschool Program Snacks policy
  • Establish comprehensive school wellness councils
  • Increase access to drinking water in schools
  • Adopt a policy that limits the advertising and promotion of less healthy foods and beverages
  • Adopt a healthy celebrations policy
  • Require health foods for students in after school programs
  • Require that food/concession stands at school-sponsored events provide at least two healthy alternatives that are not currently offered. These options must meet USDA dietary guidelines
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing healthy eating.

Resources

LULC School Garden Toolkit

Creative School Fundraising

My Plate

Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project

CDC School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 

We Thrive for Schools

LiveWELL Lancaster County Healthy Vending toolkit

USDA Farm to School

Drinking Water Access in Schools

Health Impact Project: Health Impact Assessment National Nutrition Standards for Snack and a la Carte Foods and Beverages Sold in Schools

Center for Science of the Public Interest: Healthy School Fundraising

Make a Difference at Your School! CDC Resources Can Help You Implement Strategies to Prevent Obesity Among Children and Adolescents

Farm Aid: Farm to School 101 Toolkit

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Healthcare Providers

How You Can Help

  • Assess patients BMI at each visit.
  • Refer patients to healthy eating / weight management classes
  • Write prescriptions for healthy foods
  • Adopt a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative policy
  • Encourage the use of the LiveWELL Lancaster County mobile application to track patient progress toward goals

Resources

Healthcare Provider Toolkit: Activity and Nutrition

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Communities

How You Can Help

  • Establish a community garden
  • Adopt a Healthier Vending policy
  • Adopt a policy requiring only healthy foods to be shared during events.
  • Adopt a healthy concessions policy
  • Implement comprehensive menu labeling in restaurants
  • Establish a farm to institution program
  • Limits the advertising and promotion of less healthy foods and beverages
  • Establish policy so that employees in hospitality industry are provided incentives for eating healthy meals at work.
  • Establish wellness as a priority for your organization and provide leadership through consistent messaging
  • Identify a wellness ambassador and direct that person to create and lead a wellness council or ministry
  • Organize a wellness council
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing healthy eating.
  • Adopt healthy food donation, preparation, and/or distribution policies

Resources

My Plate

Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project

Nashville Mobile Markets

Reestablishing Healthy Food Retail: Changing the Landscape of Food Deserts

Change Lab Solutions: Seeding the City Land Use Policies to Promote Urban Agriculture

Change Lab Solutions: Ground Rules A Legal Toolkit for Community Gardens

Change Lab solutions: Healthy Corner Stores The State of the Movement 

Putting Health on the Menu

Get Healthy Philly: Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Recipes for Change: Healthy Food in Every Community

Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities

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Government

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a Healthier Vending policy
  • Adopt a policy regulating the sale of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Adopt a policy that requires restaurants to provide customers with calorie counts
  • Create incentives to ensure access to healthy foods.
  • Provide fast-track permitting for grocery stores
  • in underserved areas
  • Identify sites for future farmers’ markets and
  • community gardens
  • Provide grants to farmers’ markets and other healthy
  • food retailers to accept federal nutrition
  • programs such as WIC and SNAP (food stamps)
  • Ensure comprehensive plan restricts the concentration of unhealthy food outlets
  • within neighborhoods and near schools
  • Ensure bus service is offered from underserved
  • Neighborhoods, especially to healthy food retailers
  • Offer increased tax credits and other incentives and assistance to help small business make infrastructure improvements that promote healthy eating.
  • Adopt a policy limiting portion size of entrees
  • Offer incentives to encourage the development of retail venues that offer healthier foods.
  • Adopt policies that encourage full line grocery retailers and farmers markets in underserved areas.
  • Prioritize access to healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods.

Resources

Change Lab Solutions: Local Food for Local Government When Can Governments Give Preference to Locally Grown Food?

LiveWELL Lancaster County Healthy Vending toolkit

Using Government’s Purchasing Power to Increase Access to Healthy Foods

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Individuals

How You Can Help

  • Download mobile application and use it to improve health
  • Ask about healthier food options at restaurants
  • Participate in a community coalition
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Colleges

How You Can Help

  • Adopt a farm to institution program
  • Adopt a Healthier Vending policy
  • Establish a Community Supported Agriculture to the college program
  • Establish a college wellness committee
  • Adopt a healthy concessions policy
  • Adopt a healthy food in cafeteria food policy
  • Establish a community garden on campus
  • Participate in a community coalition addressing healthy eating.
  • Download mobile application and use it to improve health

Resources

American College Health Association: National College Health Assessment

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