This project will examine the linkages between tribal government food policies and tribal community health, with a focus on the impact of food policy on obesity prevention among children and adolescents and the promotion of healthy eating. This project aims to study and report on three primary issues: 1) tribal communities’ use of food sovereignty assessments as a means to analyze their current and historic food systems and food history; 2) federal feeding programs within tribal communities including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; and 3) laws and policies enacted by tribal governments that would support, enhance, or sustain future healthy food systems in Indian Country. For selected tribal governments, a comprehensive legal analysis will be conducted of laws and policies related to food, health, nutrition, and food access. In addition, research will be conducted on the selected tribes’ relationship with foods, including traditional foods, access to foods, and historical accounts of the tribes’ relationship to food sources. The overarching goal of the project is to document and convey representative stories of tribes within each region of the country. This mapping of information will assist other tribes by providing a comprehensive tool to inform tribally-led policy analysis and a more culturally appropriate means by which healthy food policies can lead to a new culture of health.
Examining Links Between Tribal Food Policies and Community Health, With a Focus on Prevention of Childhood Obesity and Promotion of Healthy Eating
This research brief summarizes findings from an exploratory study of a diverse sample of juvenile justice residential facilities in North Carolina conducted by RTI International. The study examined food service operations, agency and facility level policies and practices pertaining to nutrition, participation in federal school nutrition programs, and additional food … More
Farm-to-School Education Grants Reach Low-Income Children and Encourage Them to Learn About Fruits and Vegetables
For children from low-income families, school meals are a significant portion of daily caloric intake and hence an opportunity to address food insecurity. Many states have pursued legislation to institutionalize programs such as farm to school that aim to improve the quality of school meals and acceptance of healthy foods … More
The Academic, Behavioral, and Health Influence of Summer Child Nutrition Programs: A Narrative Review and Proposed Research and Policy Agenda
Since 1975, the US Department of Agriculture has sponsored the Summer Food Service Program as a nationwide strategy for providing nutritious meals to children and youth (aged 18 years or younger) in low-income communities during the summer months. Many programs are sponsored by community organizations as well as school districts … More