Decrease Health Risks & Healthcare Costs
Communities are healthier when they are empowered to make their own food choices, including equitable access to whole, nutritious foods. Healthy diets also reduce healthcare costs, decrease the risk of chronic disease, and enhance wellbeing, creating more opportunities for communities to thrive. As food service providers, institutions can play a critical role in ensuring health equity and promoting wellbeing through culturally-appropriate meals that are rich in protective foods: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.
Reduce processed meat purchases
Consuming less processed and red meat lowers risk of disease, adverse health events, and all-cause mortality.
Increase whole grain purchases
Whole grains have a protective effect on health and reduced risk of disease.
Increase fruit and vegetable purchases
Fruit and vegetable consumption is linked to prevention and management of chronic disease.
Increased investment in healthy foods could also:
Learn about more ways to advance good food policies in your community.