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Chicken SaladWhen restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, vending machines, mobile vending, and farmers' markets increase availability, visibility, and affordability of healthy foods and beverages, they make the healthy choice the easy choice. Research shows that behavior change is more likely to last when people and their communities make similar changes.

Healthy Food Outlet Resources

  • Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol takes a comprehensive look at local food policy and its relationship to state and federal regulations. It defines terminology and explains the "why and how" of local food policy, and the impact on grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers' markets, restaurants, vending machines, and mobile vending.
  • Healthy Recipes and Cooking includes the "Fruit and Veggie Quantity Cookbook" with recipes for 25, 50, and 100 servings.
  • Rural Grocery Initiative addresses ways to maintain, improve, and restore retail food stores for rural communities.
  • Smart Meal Seal™ is a practice-tested intervention designed to encourage the availability of healthier menu options in restaurants through point-of-purchase labeling, outreach, and education.
  • USDA's Food Environment Atlas is a rich source of county-level data related to a community's ability to access healthy food including obesity rates; utilization of USDA programs (e.g. SNAP (Food Stamps) WIC, Free and Reduced Lunch, etc.); number of food outlets (convenience stores, restaurants, super centers, etc.)
  • Winner's Circle Healthy Dining is a North Carolina partnership with local communities, restaurants, schools and food industry that makes it easier to identify healthy foods when eating out. The program promotes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, calcium-rich foods, while limiting fat, sodium, and sugars.

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