Wisconsin's nutrition environments support and promote healthy eating and healthy weight. Nutrition environments, otherwise known as as the community food system, include food stores (grocery and convenience stores), restaurants, farmers markets, farm stands, gardens, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), and food pantries. Efforts to improve our nutrition environments in Wisconsin are important, as our eating habits are directly affected by the food environments that surround us. Since 2005, many efforts have been underway to expand current programs, create resources for improving access, and document the nutrition environments in Wisconsin communities.
Amber Canto, UW-Extension
View the objectives and full list of strategies for implementation in the Community Food System setting.
Key Strategies Overview:
- Increase access to and affordability of fruits and vegetables.
- Increase access to and promotion of healthy foods in restaurants, food stores, and vending.
- Promote access to and consumption of healthful alternatives to sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Increase access to education and programs that support breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity, and duration.
The Waupaca County NuAct Coalition has led the development of a community gardening project that engages community volunteers and donates 100% of its produce to food pantries.
Food System Resources: Ideas and materials to implement the key strategies.
- Got Access? P-00341 (PDF) A guide for improving fruit and vegetable access in Wisconsin communities.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Strategies to Increase Access, Availability, and Consumption (PDF)
- Got Dirt? Garden Toolkit, P-40112 (PDF)
- Wisconsin Local Food Marketing Guide (PDF)
- Healthy Corner Store Initiative
- Less than one-fourth of Wisconsin adults eat the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables.
- Efforts to improve our nutrition environments in Wisconsin are important, as our eating habits are directly affected by the food environments that surround us.