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Clinical Practice: Food Matters Resources

The Food Matters Program recently launched a series of online videos featuring our experts explaining the various issues pertaining to reproductive health and food. Watch the first three below:

Growing Change: A Farm Bill Primer for Communities

This basic guide to the farm bill describes provisions related to nutrition and obesity prevention. It connects this major piece of federal legislation to obesity prevention work happening on the ground across the country. View the Growing Change farm bill primer here: http://www.phlpnet.org/phlp/products/growing-change

Farm Bill Budget Visualizer

The Budget Visualizer is a web-based application, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) that allows visual analysis of farm bill spending since 2009. The Visualizer uses "treemap" technology, a method of displaying spending data as nested rectangles, which allows you to "see" the proportion of farm bill funding received by various programs. It also allows you to visually summarize these funds across categories such as community food security, public health, conservation or industrial food animal production. The Visualizer is available at http://www.jhu.edu/farmbillvisualizer.

‘Complete Eats’ Legislation: The Farm Bill and Food Systems Planning

This article, published in the Planning & Environmental Law journal, breaks down the farm bill for urban planners working on food systems issues. As with the farm bill primer, it describes specific policies and programs that affect food system planning at the local level.

Click here to view a PDF of the Farm Bill.

Growing Healthy Food and Farm Policy

This report on selected 2008 Farm Bill policies relevant to public health takes a look at 18 illustrative policies and programs that affect public health through provision of healthy foods, food systems, production practices, research and education. The analysis includes insights into coalition building, advocacy, and policy implementation. The report is available here: http://www.jhsph.edu/clf/PDF_Files/farm_bill/farmbill_report2012.pdf

Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition: Web Forum Archive

Health Farms, Healthy People Coalition offers a series of educational web forums that bring together members and stakeholders for cross-sectorial analysis of issues at the intersection of agriculture and public health.

The $11 Trillion Reward

This report by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows how eating more fruits and vegetables can reduce heart disease and its costs. The report also describes how better farm policies, designed to encourage production of healthy food instead of processed junk foods, will help us reap those benefits.

Growing Food Connections Policy Database

Growing Food Connections, a federally-funded research initiative to strengthen community food systems nationwide, has compiled over 100 policies governing issues as diverse as public investment in food systems, farmland protection, local food procurement and food policy council resolutions. The Growing Food Connections Policy Database, hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, will assist local governments as they work to broaden access to healthy food and help sustain local farms and food producers.

EWG's Food Scores

Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Food Scores: Rate Your Plate is the most comprehensive food database available today, and is ready to help guide you to healthier, greener and cleaner food choices. This easy-to-use online food database and mobile app is designed to revolutionize the way we shop and eat. With information on more than 80,000 foods and 5,000 ingredients from 1,500 brands, EWG's unique scoring system rates foods based on nutrition, food additives, contaminants and degree of processing.

Food Matters: What to Eat? Brochure

View Online or download a printable copy of the Food Matters: What to Eat? brochure.

The Food Matters Program

For more information on the Food Matters program, click here.

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