Voices for Healthy Kids supports policy changes that ensure all children in their communities will grow up at a healthy weight.
Children’s lives are shaped by their families and neighborhood. Some grow up with a bowl of fresh fruit always available, while others grow up without ever having enjoyed the crunch of a crisp apple. Parents and grandparents want to do the best for their families, but families need access to affordable foods and safe places to be active in their communities. Giving access drives a culture of health within communities. Our work is to generate change that provides greater access, including:
SNAP — Support allowing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their benefits at the market and/or funding for programs that significantly increase SNAP benefits when used on fruits and vegetables. Support waiver applications from states to the USDA to improve diet quality that adhere to the American Heart Association’s criteria for support.
Healthy food procurement — Support healthy vending, service, and institutional feeding food procurement policy on government property.
Healthy restaurant meals — Ensure all restaurant meals marketed to children meet nutrition standards. Remove sugary drinks from all restaurant children’s meals.
Bike and pedestrian appropriations — Support state and local financing mechanisms that create equitable, long-term funding for bicycling and walking projects and encouragement programs for communities most in need.
Complete streets — At the state and local level, require that all road construction and reconstruction create complete streets that are safe and convenient for all users and all modes of transportation.
Safe routes to school — Codify safe routes to school programs in state law and secure state level appropriations or Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) allocations for both infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.
Preemption – Support the repeal of language limiting the ability of municipalities to regulate, tax or otherwise enact legislation stronger than state law regarding issues related to the Voices for Healthy Kids policy agenda. Oppose legislation limiting the ability of municipalities to regulate, tax or otherwise enact legislation stronger than state law regarding issues related to Voices for Healthy Kids policy agenda.
Sugary drink warning labels – Require beverage manufacturers to either change their product labels and/or marketing campaigns or adhere a label to the product at point of sale to highlight health issues related to overconsumption.