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Assessing Progress

Healthy Food Access in Community SettingsDiane Hepps, MPHProject Manager, Healthy Eating InitiativesBureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco ControlNew York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

November 12, 20151The Health of New YorkersMore than half of all adult New Yorkers are overweight or obese

1 in 10 have diabetes

30% have high blood pressure36% of Black adults have high blood pressure, nearly 50% more than Whites (36.1% vs. 24.8%)

Public Health Impact of NYC Food StandardsReduce risk for, and help manage, diet-related diseases by improving the food environment

Use our buying power to change the food and nutrition landscape in NYC

Reinforce the Citys public health messages

20082010201220092011Standards for Meals/SnacksPurchasedAnd ServedStandardsFor Beverage Vending MachinesStandards For Food Vending Machines2013Standards for Meetings and Events

Standards for Commissaries2014Standards for Cafeterias/ CafesHealthy Hospital Food Initiative Launches (HHFI)NYC Food Standards TimelineGuidelines for Community and Faith-based OrganizationsMandatory For NYC Government Agencies Voluntary NYC Food Standards Improve the Whole Food EnvironmentReduce sodium in meals and snacks

Increase access to fruits and vegetables

Restrict marketing of unhealthy foods

Right-size portions for foods and beverages

Decrease availability of high calorie beverages

Increase availability of water

Vending Machine DecalsHealthy Value Meal SignsCafeteria Shelf Talkers

Cafeteria Table Tents & PostersPromotional MaterialsNYC Keys to SuccessUniform Standards

Agency buy-in

Technical assistance

Systematic change via integration of Standards into agency contracts


Foodservice & Retail

ManufacturersNYC Food EnvironmentRestaurantsGrocery Stores & BodegasCity AgenciesHospitalsConsumersNYC Food Environment8Good Choiceis a is a system that makes it easier for food distributors to highlight healthier products that meet the NYC Food Standards3 year pilot projectFunded by CDCs Sodium Reduction in Communities Program

Early Insights from Working with DistributorsBuilt-in market demand for NYC Food StandardsDistributor commitment to pilot & potential scale upUnderstanding of unique value of one third party coordinator

10We want to make sure products are accessible and nutritional facts are available - Child care center participating in Good Choice pilotThank youDiane Hepps, 396-4050