Making the Connection: Linking Policies That Prevent Hunger and Childhood Obesity

lhc_hunger_brief_cover.png In the past, food insecurity and obesity were viewed as separate public health problems, yet research now shows that people with unreliable access to food are also more likely to be obese. This policy brief focuses on policy strategies that can help eliminate hunger while improving health.

Policy Recommendations

  • Establishing healthy food financing initiatives to increase access to nutritious foods
  • Supporting farm-to-institution, farm-to-school and school garden programs
  • Increasing free and reduced-price school meals
  • Partnering with the private sector to increase the value of federal nutrition assistance benefits for healthful foods through double-coupon initiatives

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Leadership for Healthy Communities is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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