Healthy Food Systems and Access

The Academy recognizes that many of the populations we serve are at risk for food insecurity, foodborne and waterborne illnesses. Effective nutrition counseling and interventions help provide solutions to these issues.  The Academy’s policy recommendations for healthy food systems and access include:

Food Security

  • Increase access to affordable, healthy foods and safe water in communities, places of work and schools.
  • Decrease the access to and marketing of foods and drinks of low nutritional value, particularly to youth.
  • Support efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to link healthy food to positive health outcomes.
  • Connect individuals and families to federal nutrition programs that provide benefits to families and support local economies.
  • Evaluate ways to increase access to healthy foods through SNAP.
  • Support efforts to connect food, nutrition and sustainability of our food system including agriculture and food service employee health.
  • Ensure all military families and veterans have the means and the access to provide healthy foods for their families.
  • Ensure the safety and integrity of the water and food supply especially during emergencies.

Food Systems Supply and Management

  • Align agricultural policies with health policies.
  • Ensure the safety of the water supply.
  • Support the United States’ national food waste reduction goal.
  • Support efforts to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, to provide a risk-based food safety system approach and focus on comprehensive science-based preventive measures across the total food safety system to reduce illness and death.

Nutrition Education

  • Support education empowering consumers to make informed, healthful choices using the revised Nutrition Facts Label.
  • Support the development and implementation of evidence-based, transparently crafted Dietary Guidelines for Americans by reviewing proposed research protocols, evaluating evidence reviews and making recommendations to inform the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
  • Support and strengthen strong, comprehensive, culturally appropriate and well-coordinated government funded nutrition education programs (ie. WIC, SNAP-Ed, EFNEP and Team Nutrition).